The lingering winter weather isn’t just a hassle for drivers–it’s also causing minor delays for construction crews working on local road projects.
Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractors had planned to restrict traffic on U.S. 31 Friday to pave the roadway as part of the ongoing project in Westfield between 151st and 169th streets, but now they will have to wait.
“Temperatures were not as high as what we had expected, and so we have delayed that again until Saturday,” explained INDOT spokesperson Nathan Riggs. “We also have to re-stripe roadways and the pavement temperatures have to be at a certain level for that temporary striping to stick to the roadway.”
Weather permitting, the project is scheduled to resume Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., causing restrictions in the northbound lanes. But by early next week, crews could be dealing with cold and snow.
“We’ve got a lot of big construction projects that we’d like to see get started, but Mother Nature has her own schedule and doesn’t really care about INDOT’s schedule or the contractor’s schedule,” said Riggs. “We have to be flexible and adapt to the weather because there’s not a whole lot we can do.”
In Fishers, crews are hoping to finish the new ramp to S.R. 37 over I-69, but the construction specs require a full week of mild weather to properly finish the project.
“We can’t always have weather on side, and we have to flexible,” Riggs said.
“It’s frustrating,” said driver Melissa Shoemake. “With the traffic, you add snow and construction, it’s not good.”
INDOT crews will also be closely watching the approaching storm to manage its many salt truck and snow plow drivers.
“A lot can change between now and then, so we’ll continue to monitor the forecast to make sure we get the right resource in the right place at the right time,” said Riggs.
“I’m not looking forward to the snow at all,” said Shoemake. “Spring is supposed to have sprung!”