It's a dusty landscape. Perhaps reminiscent of a desert or the aftermath of a battle in the middle east. But don't be mistaken, it's the landscape of progress on Interstate 10 since it began in 2006. And the Florida Department of Transportation says construction crews are ahead of schedule. In order to do be on top of their work, contractors say crews sometimes burn more than 22-thousand gallons of fuel a day and work 60 hour weeks.
"We're trying to build it as fast and as best as we can." said Brad Herring, General Contractor with Anderson Columbia. On any given day there might be over a hundred workers on I-10 trying to make deadlines in a deadly environment.
"We're out here working--only thing between us and a semi running 60-65 miles per hour is an orange cone." said Herring
Tommie Speights, a spokesman for the FL Dept. of Transportation said, "Each day is a challenge. You never know what's going to happen, the work schedules, the contractor has his work schedule as to what he's doing from day to day so, you never know what may come up. Whether you have an accident, a breakdown, or whatever, each day is a challenge."
The massive renovation of the ten mile stretch of I-10 is divided into 3 separate projects. The Capital Circle Northwest exit, the Monroe Street beltway exit, and the Thomasville-Capital Circle Northeast Interchange. And all that work has a serious cost.
"The total cost for all three projects is 151 million dollars." said Speights. So far, FDOT says I-10 has been ahead of schedule. Watch WCTV Eyewitness News at Eleven on Tuesday Night for part two of Caution: Road Work Ahead. We'll tell you when each project will be finished, what they will look like, and how it will make driving on I-10 easier.
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