The temperature has been dropping the past few days and it's apparently suppose to keep going down. There a lot of people in the area who aren't excited about the cold weather to swoop in, but folks over at the Division of Highways are even more worried about it.
What you may not realize is that weather plays a major role in the roadwork. The district manager for our area said to pave the roads it has to be a certain temperature. When the weather is constantly below 50 degrees that's when they can't continue.
Even though the mornings and nights are cold right now. the middle of the day is still a reasonable temperature for work to be done. Even though it may be a little harder to get the pavement down this time of year with the cold night it creates a better seal on the roads. In the hot summer months, it's the exact opposite. It's easy to get the pavement down, but the settling process takes a little longer. The district manager said he has high hopes everything will get done in time.
"There's a lot of projects that will still be taken care of within the next few weeks. We're hoping to finish up if mother nature allows us to do so. We feel pretty good about what we have left and what needs to be done," said District Manager Greg Phillips.
A lot of people in our area said they're a little nervous it's not going to get done, but they're still hopeful.
"I hope they get finished. It would be very unfortunate because there's a lot of traffic through this area. I think they need to get 50 done at least because there's a lot of backed up trucks pulling in and out of the lanes. It's just really ruining traffic routes," said Dominic Donato, PA Resident.
Officials from the DOH ask you to be understanding about the delay because out of 6 counties they have 66 less workers than they need.