Rain pushes back construction projects

Construction halted by rain (WDTN- Beairshelle Edmé)

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN)-  Summer marks the busiest time for most construction companies, but this season there’s been a slow start.

Construction workers 2NEWS spoke with said recent weather is seriously impacting business.

“We definitely rely on the meteorologist, Brian Davis for instance, We — that’s the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do when I go to bed. In this, in this field we pretty much rely on the forecast,” said Project Manager Greg West.

Double J Construction is working on a beautification project in West Carrollton; since their start, there have already been 10 to 15 rain days that have stopped crews from a productive work day.

To make up the loss, sometimes crews will work several 10-hour day, but even that may not help crews play catch up.

“It affects everybody, especially the workers. The guys coming out here obviously they’re not gonna work that day so that’s gonna take away from their weekly wages,” said West.

Most workers told 2NEWS they of course would rather be working, but they also know that most of their projects would be compromised by the wet, soggy conditions if they had to work in the rain.

But despite the rain delays, crews said they expect to make deadline.

The West Carrollton project should be completed by mid-July and landscaping will begin this Fall.

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