Snow impacting Iowa DOT construction projects

Published: Feb. 12, 2019 at 5:38 PM CST
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Winter weather is affecting some road projects in eastern Iowa but not all of them.

If you live in Dubuque you are in one of the areas where Iowa DOT construction engineer Hugh Holak says winter weather is slowing down one of their projects.

Snow is not impacting all projects though. For example on Forevergreen Road in North Liberty, where the Iowa DOT is repaving parts of the area, drifting snow was not to blame for the lack of work by construction crews. Holak says they planned their work schedules around the winter weather, so you will not be seeing anyone out there again until this spring regardless of how much is snows.

Holak adds weather has caused problems for the Froevergeen Road project but that actually is due to rain that fell last year.

"Last year we lost a lot of time with the extremely wet mid-August through mid-October," said Holak. "We were hoping to have everything in that area paved in the fall of 2018 and we got very little in the fall of 2018."

It is the US.-20 project in Dubuque where snow is causing issues. Holak says they had planed to start putting in beams over the roadway Monday night but the winter weather changed those plans. Holak thinks that may not happen now until next week.