Warmer weather puts road construction projects ahead of schedule

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – In the past, mid-December is a time when city officials expect project delays because of the colder weather, but they say this year is different.

With warmer weather comes more opportunities to get things done. Dayton Public Works Deputy Director Steve Finke says construction crews are taking advantage of the mild weather to get ahead of schedule–and it’s paying off.

“It’s helping the I-75 contractor because he’s able to get some pavement work done that probably under normal circumstances couldn’t get done this late in the year,” Finke said. “The weather has been very cooperative.”

By mid-December, most asphalt producers are closed for the year–usually putting a halt on any re-pavement projects until the new year–but it’s not the same this year.

“You have a difficult time getting asphalt in mid to late-December,” Finke said. “With the weather the way it is, the asphalt plants are able to stay open a little longer which provide contractors the opportunity to finish of some projects that under normal circumstances they might not be able to finish up.”

Finke says most projects are right on schedule–which isn’t typical for this time of year. One project weeks ahead of schedule is the Harshman road project. By finishing up projects like these–Finke says it’s sure to have a impact on drivers.

“If you don’t have the snow and the ice on the ground, it’s a lot easier to go through construction areas which is a lot safer for the workers, as well as, the motorists themselves,” Finke said.

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