Recent rain impacts I-277 construction, plus other outdoor projects

Weather delays home construction projects

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you think we’ve been getting more rain than normal, you’re right. We’re a quarter of an inch above the average for the month - and one and a half inches above average for the year.

All that rain is causing some big issues for crews repairing the roads you drive on and for folks trying to do some home improvements ahead of spring. They say “April showers bring May flowers,” so what do they say when it’s February and it’s been raining on and off for the whole week?

“In the meantime it’s painful. Each and every day becomes a source of aggravation,” said Eric Kent, President of Archadeck, a deck construction company.

Kent says business is great for him right now as people look to revamp their patios and backyards before spring creeps around the corner. The problem? All projects that are lined up are on hold until it’s dry again.

“Customers are anxious, they’re excited. It’s an outdoor living space. It’s where they can vacation in their own backyard,” said Kent.

NCDOT crews that are working to restructure bridges along I-277 have to stick to just the demolition part of their project, it’s too wet to lay down cement. The rain is not only annoying or an inconvenience, it’s dangerous for some of Kent’s construction crews.

“With power tools, you can get electrocuted. When you’re working out in the damp weather, it’s a bad combination,” Kent said.

Mother Nature will always be who she is, which at times is very unpredictable. For Kent who has been in the business for 31 years, he says he doesn’t remember Charlotte ever being this wet for this long.

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