Throughout much of the summer, construction crews working on the expansion projects along Iowa Highway 60 and portions of U.S. Highway 75 near Le Mars couldn't have asked for better weather.
"The last week of weather really hurt us. We're not going to make our end-of-November deadline," Iowa Department of Transportation resident construction engineer Darwin Bishop said. "We still hope to get it wrapped up yet this year, if the weather holds out. We have guys out there laying asphalt and paving today."
Bishop said, if weather cooperates, the project will be completed by the end of the second week of December. Winter weather, which dropped several inches of snow on northwest Iowa, brought work throughout the project to a standstill most of last week.
The National Weather Service is forecasting dry conditions to prevail for the next week, which should help keep the construction crews busy. The beautiful weather earlier this year ensured a majority of the project could be completed on time.
All of the main-line paving of the additional lanes of traffic for Iowa Highway 60 between Le Mars and Sheldon is now complete for this year. All that remains now are the finishing touches.
"We still need to complete the connections at the exit ramps at Highway 75 and Highway 60," Bishop said. "We also have some shoulder work and work in the medians to complete. Once that's done, we'll be in good shape."