With winter weather arriving earlier than normal for the plateau, the construction work has had to shift gears to performing work that is not as weather dependent. The project received 6.36” of rain during November and has received 2.16” so far in December. Adding several days of freezing temperatures and not much sun, the project is wet and not drying which does not allow for dirt work, base stone or paving operations to take place. The project has had a surplus 16.63” of rain to date over historical average. There are seasonal limitations to installing asphalt paving, and we are not allowed to excavate or install dirt when the material is frozen. Likewise, base stone is not allowed to be installed on frozen ground. These limitations and restrictions result in a reduced work force that is visible on the project.
Crews managed to bring the stretch of new alignment between Lakeview and Westminster to subgrade and they have also begun the installation of storm drainage on Dartmoor Rd. Storm drainage installation will continue moving north during the upcoming months. Gas crews have been busy with installing 6” gas across the Weigels parking lot and have jumped to the line north of Regions Bank and will continue towards Stonehenge and the end of the project throughout the winter. Both of these activities have been experiencing rock and production has been slow with having to hammer to remove rock. Backfilling curb and grading for sidewalk has been continuing and this activity should be near completion by the end of the month. Sidewalk installation is weather dependent and will begin as conditions allow. Several areas have been covered with temporary seed and straw and will be left idle during the winter.
Limitations due to winter weather are expected and we will capitalize any opportunity to perform earthwork or base stone during the next few months when weather and site conditions allow. As 2018 comes to a close we wish all a Happy Holiday season and continue to ask that drivers be mindful of the work taking place and drive safely through the project. Winter weather can quickly change the driving conditions. There will be no work scheduled for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. However, some subcontractors will have work scheduled for the week between Christmas and New Year’s.