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Weather causes construction delays

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

A $28 million construction project is underway in Marathon County. The Merrill Avenue bridge is being torn down and re-built.

But, a planned detour for the project has now been delayed. That's because of the snow expected to hit central Wisconsin in the next few days.

"Weather is a factor with any road construction project," said Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Manager Dan Erva.

Transportation officials say it's not a huge delay, but say weather is always something they anticipate.

"The contractor always builds time into their schedule for weather delays. So, they have adequate time, if the weather does come up, we have adequate time to finish the project on schedule," Erva told Newsline 9.

Officials say all types of weather can throw a wrench in plans.

"Rain, thunderstorms, lightening. You don't want to be running heavy metal machinery in lightening storms. Rain, all that weather can cause delays too," said Erva.

This spring is starting off much different than last. Transportation officials say they were able to get a jump start on many projects last year.

"We got really lucky and had a mild spring. This year, the weather hasn't been in our favor so much. As the weather gets nicer, more and more projects will be coming up," said Erva.

But officials say the work is just beginning. 

"The project is expected to go all summer, so we are just getting rolling here," said Erva.

As all the white snow disappears, transportation officials say we are sure to see plenty of orange.

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