Wednesday, January 06, 1999

Cold slows Fort Washington Way work




BY TANYA ALBERT
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Frigid temperatures Tuesday again prevented construction crews from closing Fort Washington Way overnight so they could continue tearing down bridges.

        Bridges on the west end of the project need to be sawed apart and taken down to make room for the reconfigured downtown expressway.

        The problem: Water keeps the saws cool, and in these temperatures the water just freezes.

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        “We probably have one good night of work to go,” said Don Gindling, the city's Fort Washington Way construction manager. “It is totally weather-dependent right now.”

        The work was scheduled for overnight Monday and canceled. It was rescheduled for overnight Tuesday, but canceled again early in the day as temperatures hovered well below freezing.

        The city will wait to reschedule the closure until temperatures get warm enough.

        But the delay doesn't threaten the tight construction schedule to rebuild the highway stretching from the Brent Spence Bridge through the Lytle Tunnel. The $146.9 million Fort Washington Way project is scheduled to be done in August 2000.

        “We anticipated some bad weather,” Mr. Gindling said.

        And while nighttime work is suspended, daytime crews press on, though a bit slower.

        When it gets this cold, engines in cranes and other big equipment are harder to start. And bundled-up workers need to work a little slower and use extra caution as they work on and move equipment across snow and ice.

        Work is scheduled to close Third Street between Plum Street and Central Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today and Thursday.

        Cold weather canceled the work Tuesday, but it should be warm enough today.

       



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