Rain puts construction projects on hold across Waco

Posted at 7:03 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 08:28:00-05

Road repairs across Waco were put on hold Monday due to the heavy rainfall that came down Sunday night.

One of those projects was the sinkhole on 9th Street and Morrow Avenue. Crews started working on this spot at the end of October after a pickup truck driver reported damage to his vehicle to police after driving over the sinkhole. 

Public Works Operations learned that it was a failed drainage pipe that caused the sinkhole.

City Engineer Tom Dahl said water from gutters and curbs flowed through the site Monday morning. By the afternoon, it was more of a trickle, but still enough to keep workers out.

"We have weather delays due to rain," Dahl said. "Too wet to work, typically." 

On top of the weather, they also have to worry about the temperature.

Dahl said concrete can't be mixed and poured unless it's 35 degrees and rising. It also can't be 45 degrees and falling. Temperatures are expected to drop over the next couple of days.

"For quality construction, there are requirements on temperature and dampness of materials as well," Dahl said.

Dahl said the rain has put about 35 of his other projects on hold.

"It adds a full day of work potentially to the project," Dahl said.

He said the plan is to get workers back out Tuesday morning to pick up where they left off.

"It is a big concern and we are focused on safety and health and sound infrastructure," Dahl said.

At this point, the project is still set to be completed by the end of November.

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