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Road construction crews feel the heat of summer

Temperatures in 90s big change from when construction started in February

Road construction crews feel the heat of summer

MADISON, Wis. - The heat of a summer sun offers little escape for the people who are working on the miles of roadway currently under construction in Wisconsin.

Temperatures climbed into the 90s for the first time this year and the heat index approached 100.

"Definitely the dog days of summer are finally here," said Joey Merrill, a project manager working on the Verona Road Project.

Merrill said to deal with the rising temperatures there is an added emphasis on making water and ice available for road crews.

"It is definitely hitting the water cooler a lot, making sure that they've got ice and water is very important. Also monitoring heat stroke and the signs of that," Merrill said.

Work on Verona Road began in February. Merrill said the summer heat stands in contrast to the conditions they saw in the earliest days of the project.

"It was snow and the cold and negative degree temperatures, and it was not easy to work in those conditions either. You know where you're bundled up and you can't move and you can't put on enough cloths," Merrill said.

With the remainder of July and all of August still ahead, workers will likely deal with more heat as the project moves forward.

"You know, it is definitely a challenge with the heat," Merrill said. "It definitely makes for a long day."

The current phase of the Verona Road Project is scheduled for completion by Nov. 15.

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