Whether the Weather Matters

After months of working with businesses and residents to prepare for impending construction impacts, weather still determines whether or not plans change at the last moment.   Case in Point: Stewart Street.  Stewart Street paving between Third and Fourth Avenues was supposed to happen the last weekend of July.  Then Seattle’s record-breaking heat wave made the materials literally too hot to handle.  One-hundred-degree-plus heat wreaks havoc with the concrete mix.  Now that temps are “back to normal” crews will tackle the work this weekend, along with paving from Second to Third.   

Stewart St. Paving
Stewart St. Paving

Weather has a close, albeit tumultuous, relationship with paving, which requires mild conditions for concrete to properly cure and asphalt to correctly set (ah, the prima donna…).  Hence the busy summer construction season!