Construction crews work through cold temperatures


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It wasn't the coldest day electrician Chad Harris has had to work in, but it was one of the earliest in the winter that he's had to bundle up.

"Expected this to happen about a month from now, so this was a little bit of a surprise," Harris said.

Harris worked on wiring for the traffic lights at the Diverging Diamond Interchange at exit 26 of I-70 Thursday.

"I've got triple and quadruple layers," he said of his wardrobe.

However, 20 other construction workers at the Diverging Diamond won't be in until Monday because the snow makes working with the ground difficult.

"It gets muddy," said Morgan Humphries, of HDR Engineering. "We start causing more problems with the construction than the good that we're doing."

The crew needs four more weeks to finish the project, but the wet weather could hold up the process.

"It has a real possibility of delaying us," Humphries said. "If the snow can go away and if we can get to the point where it's dry again then it shouldn't affect us that much."


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