Construction Hampered by Severe Weather in Midwest

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Although the country is no longer dealing with what was one of the worst winters on record in many parts of the nation, other weather-related problems are slowing down construction projects as temperatures rise. Heavy rains have put a temporary halt to construction on some large projects in Ohio and Illinois, among other states.

In Illinois
In the southern Illinois city of Pinckneyville, construction on a new hospital has stalled significantly, according to the Southern Illinoisan. Although little could be done about approval delays relating to the U.S. Department of Agriculture green lighting for the project, that hold caused the initial groundbreaking to be pushed back from the fall of 2013 to the spring of 2014. Due to heavy rain and resulting wet and unstable ground, Tom Hudgins, hospital administrator predicted a loss of approximately 16 work days since construction started.

This continued bas weather has led to workers on construction jobs fulfilling their regular duties as well as pumping water out of holes dug on site so that they're able to continue work the next day. For a large project like the 83,000-square-foot hospital, dealing with water issues can be especially difficult.This drop in productivity has led to a projected cost overrun of approximately $600,000 and a delayed completion date, with a month already having been added to the timetable.

And in Ohio
Southwest Ohio is experiencing significant weather-related construction issues as well, reports local news station WDTN. Although many projects have been delayed or negatively affected by increased rain, one smaller effort demonstrated the issues that all construction projects face when the weather doesn't cooperate. In West Carrollton, a beautification project has lost approximately 10 to 15 partial or full days to heavy rain.

While the crew has been working 10-hour shifts on nicer days to make up for lost time, Greg West, project manager, said the approach is making workers more tired during subsequent work periods. The construction crews also expressed a strong desire to keep working, because they don't like sitting idle and for the practical reason of their paychecks. Although the crew has lost a significant amount of time to bad weather, they still expect to complete the project on time. The long-term unpredictability of weather on a local scale will likely cause other problems across the country, although the dryer part of summer is approaching in many areas.


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