Despite cold, work goes on
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Baby, it’s cold outside – and who better to testify to that fact than those who make their livings by working outside in the elements?
State transportation department workers will be on the job today, as will members of the U.S. Postal Service; however, county road department employees will shift their workweek in light of today’s freezing temperature.
“We’re still working,” said Bill Wofford, district engineer for the state department of transportation office. “We do take into consideration the weather. All of our vehicles have heat, and just about all of our equipment have cabs with heat.”
Wofford said that workers will be encouraged to take frequent “warm up” breaks.
“The thing about road work is that it never stops,” he said. “We’ll do what jobs we can, weather permitting.”
Wofford said the cold doesn’t hamper work as much as the rain.
“That’s what we’ve had a problem with,” he said. “The ground has been so saturated that if we were to try to get out there on the right-of-ways to work, we’d make more of a mess than fix anything.”
County road workers will shift their normal four-day-Monday-through-Thursday schedule to accommodate for the weather.
Assistant County Engineer Kip Johnson said crews will take off today and use Friday as a make-up work ay.
And as of Monday evening, there were no updates on the U.S. Postal Service website announcing mail delays for Covington County.