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Wet Weather Plagues Construction Plans

SPRINGDALE, AR-- Snow days might be fun for some folks but for construction workers, precipitation means less paving and more weekend working.

SPRINGDALE, AR-- Snow days might be fun for some folks but for construction workers, precipitation means less paving and more weekend working.

"Both winter precipitation and rain affects our construction schedule," said director of engineering, Alan Pugh.

Winter weather is pain in the pathway to completion and putting the breaks on part of the Don Tyson Parkway interchange project in Springdale.

"Each time we get an event like that, obviously our contractor can't work on those particular days. That translates to a working day that would have otherwise been productive, to be non-productive," Pugh said.

Contractors are building a bridge to connect 48th and 56th streets across I-540. Alan Pugh says this part of the project is crucial. However, wet weather means paving days are nothing more than a washout.

"With the bridge construction that we have going on, it's a little less susceptible to inclement weather than grading and earth-work operations. Our contractor had hoped to have some areas adjacent to I-540 paved before we really got into the winter weather," Pugh said.

As of now, the project is still set to finish by august of 2014 and Pugh says they plan to make up for lost time.

"I don't know at this point if the contractor will be required to work weekends in order to make up for that time, but that is one option that we have," Pugh said.

However, if future forecasts call for precipitation, Pugh said "it could start affecting that deadline. It could have that potential if we continue to have weather like that."
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