Construction Season Kicks Off Early in Iowa, Across the Country

Road crews take a chance on warmer-than-usual weather.

📅   Tue March 08, 2016 - Midwest Edition


Cedar Rapids news affiliate KCRG is reporting that Eastern Iowans might not see flowers blooming just yet, but orange construction cones are popping up in many places.
Cedar Rapids news affiliate KCRG is reporting that Eastern Iowans might not see flowers blooming just yet, but orange construction cones are popping up in many places.

Cedar Rapids news affiliate KCRG is reporting that Eastern Iowans might not see flowers blooming just yet, but orange construction cones are popping up in many places.

The temperatures across eastern Iowa are expected to be above normal this week – a trend mirrored across the country - so road crews are taking advantage of it and getting an early start on their projects.

Over the past 10 years, the average amount of snow Cedar Rapids has received in March is 3.4 inches. The latest snowfall in March was on the 29th back in 2009. That's when the city received 4.5 inches. The city has also got snow in April several times in the past decade.

Weather, however, could still hamper construction work that's already underway in Cedar Rapids. Contractors and city engineers are keeping an eye to the sky.

"It's most definitely a gamble. We try and make sure that the work that is going on during these periods - these early periods when it is more of a gamble - is a little less disruptive. It offers the contractors the ability to pull off the site, and we don't have the disruption to the traffic,” said Cedar Rapids City Engineer Nathan Kampman.

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