Rain delays Valley construction projects

Route 224 construction project in Boardman, Ohio.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The wet weather that has blanketed the Valley is especially bad for anyone working outside, including road crews.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said some projects around the Valley are already seeing delays, after a record breaking wet June.

“Like any project, we are dependent on the weather. So, it has pushed them back a little bit,” said Brent Kovacs, public information officer with ODOT.

Kovacs said just how far things are pushed back depends on the project. So far, the projects have only been pushed back about one week.

“We’re still early enough in the construction season we are not going to be affecting any completion dates or anything like that,” Kovacs said.

The biggest impact has been on the Raccoon Road closure at Route 224. That project has been pushed back a week to two weeks because of the rain.

Kovacs says the asphalt and concrete just can’t dry with the heavy downpours we have been getting.

As for Western Reserve Road, that project is in an early enough state that it hasn’t been delayed much at all.

“They are doing a lot of demolition, so that really isn’t going to affect it too much,” Kovacs said.

One thing that’s important for drivers to remember is that even if the weather is keeping crews inside, you still need to slow down in those construction zones.

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