The city of Tallahassee announced last week that the next stretch of Blairstone Road would be ready four months early, thanks to mother nature. Our unusually dry spring is a boom to the construction biz, and for now there is no sign of rain on the horizon.
Earthmovers are shuttling plenty of dirt these days. Tallahassee is nine inches short on rainfall in the last three months. That means crews work uninterrupted day after day.
At Crowder Excavating they're so busy they've had to rustle up extra trucks.
Jeff Wilson with Crowder Excavating says, "We run 100 or so trucks every day. We do run short and have to rent trucks, so it depends on what the job demands."
Crews are busy all over town commercial, residential, you name it. Permit requests in Leon County are up 12 percent this year. While interest rates may be fueling the spring building blitz, the dry skies are certainly quickening the pace of it.
BrackenChase Builders has projects that are one, two months and more ahead of schedule and that, they say, is money in the bank.
Matt Frier, an estimator for BrackenChase Builders says, "When you're looking at a quick turnaround, which is what anybody wants to do, you're lessening your payroll, you're decreasing your payments, there's a lot of different things that come into play, so there are certainly financial benefits."
So while farmers and gardeners are praying for rain construction companies are doing just fine, but they do say there comes a point when it's too dry the ground is too hard and the dirt won't pack properly.