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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Winter worries settle in early as Hurricane Irene road repairs continue


Labor Day may be barely a memory but in the construction world, the freezing temperatures, snow and ice that seem to descend on the East Coast before the calendar signals the official start of winter on Dec. 21 are imminent, putting pressure on municipal and state agencies to wrap up repairs. (TRACY A WOODWARD - WASHINGTON POST)
With winter — and the end of construction season — looming, Virginia and other states clamoring to rebuild roadways damaged by Hurricane Irene may may have to settle for “Band-Aid” repairs, reports the Associated Press.

“What makes this more challenging is the location of the destruction, being in the Northeast with those early, cold-weather conditions that are likely to come,” Brad Sant, vice president of safety for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, said.

Construction season in New England and upstate New York comes to a halt in November, reports the AP, whereas states to the south, including Virginia, have a bit more leeway before the cold sets in.

Floods closed more than 300 local roads and state routes in Vermont and another 150 in New York state.

The Washington area wasn’t hit quite as hard but local municipalities are not without worry. After mid-November, cold, ice and snow will preclude pouring concrete and asphalt until the ground thaws in the spring.

For the full Associated Press report, visit WTOP.

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