Weather Delays Concrete Pour at Center Junction


Rain on Wednesday, along with a forecast of ongoing precipitation through the weekend, has forced a delay of the last major concrete pours at the Center Junction highway construction project until next week.  Penzel Construction scheduled the work was scheduled for Wednesday morning, but equipment delays pushed the start time back to Wednesday afternoon. By then, light rain was starting to fall, which canceled the concrete work. Penzel Construction calls for this project to be finished on November 1, 2021, but officials say they want to get the project done by October 1, 2021 and they think they have a good chance of doing that. The new southbound bridge along the interstate was completed last fall. The northbound bridge is nearly finished with the exception of the parapets, or barrier walls along that span. Both bridges are wide enough to accommodate three lanes of traffic which will allow Interstate 55 to be widened between Scott City and Fruitland in the future. Officials say the concrete pours are now scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning, weather permitting.

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