DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The week of cold temperatures has temporarily stopped work on the Interstate 75 Modernization Project, but officials say that won’t delay the completion date.
“The contractor has been pushing hard against an aggressive timeline,” says Ohio Department of Transportation Area Engineer Scott LeBlanc. “We are on schedule.”
They may not have been on schedule if they didn’t work through the below zero wind chills last week when they were installing 200,000 pound structural beams.
The beams are trucked in. Any delay and the specialty trucks used might not have been available again for weeks.
“If they had their choice, they would have pushed off and done it later in the season, but because of the impacts they decided to incur the lower efficiency to have the beams set,” LeBlanc says.
We wanted to know what was done to keep workers safe in those conditions.
LeBlanc says it went beyond just making sure they dressed warmly.
“They are very lenient on their schedule,” LeBlanc says. “The workers may work for a period of time and then go and get in their vehicles for a period of time.”
LeBlanc says dealing with any future winter weather will be considered on a day to day basis.
“Snow can be shoveled off to prepare the site but when those temperatures creep down you get concerned about equipment and personal safety,” LeBlanc says.
The scheduled completion date is September 2017 but the contractor Kokosing would like to finish before then.