Ask Joe: Why can't Pyramid roadwork be done at night?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 7/24 6:48 pm
Question:

From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about a big road project and its impact on traffic.

Jeanine, who lives in the Pebble Creek subdivision in Sparks, wrote in asking why Sierra Nevada Construction is allowed to clog up traffic on Pyramid Highway for long periods of time during the day?

She wants to know why they are not required to work at night. She also said that to say this is an inconvenience is an understatement.

Answer:

Joe checked with Sierra Nevada Construction and they said they follow NDOT guidelines when it comes to work schedules.

Meg Ragonese at NDOT said they are doing what they call "chip sealing" on the road. It is repaving using a mixture of rock and asphalt. Ragonese said they have to work during the day, because the temperatures have to be over 65 degrees in the air, and above 80 degrees on the surface, in order for the chip seal mixture to adhere properly to the road surface.
 
So, it would be nice if they could work at night, but with this particular kind of project, they can only work during the daytime hours because of the temperatures.
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