A $28 million construction project is underway in Marathon County. The Merrill Avenue bridge is being torn down
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
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
Officials say all types of weather can throw a wrench in
"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.