Rainy days and road work delays
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Few businesses are as affected by the weather as construction and road construction is certainly no exception. At the Alabama Department of Transportation’s Division One office in Guntersville, Division Engineer Johnny Harris says, “the type of rain that we’ve been getting lately, where we have a lot of rain in a very short period of time is always one that gives us great concern.”
Harris says the near-constant rain is especially impacting projects where a large amount of ground is exposed. That includes the interchange under construction at County Line Road and Interstate 565. In these areas, crews must use every method available to stop erosion.
However while the rain undoubtedly slows these jobs, the delay is unlikely to be noticed by drivers. That’s because crews can more easily make up the time on these long-term projects that take one or two construction seasons.
Harris says it’s a different story on short-term projects that are only scheduled to take four or five months, adding, “if you have a little bit of weather conditions where they can’t do the work for a few days, that can translate into three or four weeks delay overall, and of course, that would impact the completion of the project substantially.”