Frigid Weather Could Affect State Construction Equipment - WBAY

Frigid Weather Could Affect State Construction Equipment

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For construction workers in Northeast Wisconsin it's just another winter on the job. While most people are looking to get out of the frosty weather, some guys just throw on more layers, and stay on schedule.

"The weather shouldn't have any impact on the schedule for the Leo Frigo. Snows, the snow can be removed. Cold weather, we're anticipating that," said Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Manager Michael King.

Construction crews actually believe they are safer working in the winter months than in the summer, but they admit this cold isn't fun.

"The cold weather no doubt does make it difficult. Kind of on the flip side in the summer months with heat stroke it is a little more dangerous season than now, but the cold temperatures just make it miserable," said King.

So how do they survive the winter working outdoors?

They say it starts with hydration. Extra layers of clothing make workers sweat, so they need to drink plenty of water.

Next, take breaks, and get out of the wind.

A key resource for the construction workers who work in these extreme cold temperatures during the day and night, is the use of a warming shack. A large propane tank keeps the shack warm and workers can go inside and warm up to finish their day.

While the workers may push through the arctic weather, there is only so much their equipment can take.

"If it gets down below zero, a lot of times the equipment just can't function anymore. You can't start up equipment. There might be some shutdowns for a day or two on 41 due to the really cold temperature if it gets below zero," said King.

Until then, you can count on construction crews to stay busy this winter.

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