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Scorching temps good and bad for road crews

TYLER, TX (KTLV) - The Loop 49 toll way construction is moving right along, despite the scorching triple digit temperatures.

"It's certainly not comfortable when it's this hot outside, but the guys work out in this heat all the time, doesn't mean it's any less dangerous necessarily, you still need to keep an eye on your buddy and make sure your drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day," explained Larry Krantz of TxDOT.

Road crews working on Loop 49 have water available to them at all times, Krantz says they even have man made shade.

"When you got just unrelenting sun beating down on you, you see a lot of the umbrella attachments that are made for these machines come out and be put to good use and try to keep guys in the shade out of the direct sun as much as possible," he says.

And lying asphalt only adds more heat

The asphalt comes out of the delivery truck and into the hopper at a scorching 300 degrees and with that kind of heat out here, it has no problem melting ice.

Krantz says this time of year is the best time to do this type of work.

"This is the time of year when it doesn't rain, so we can make a lot of progress in a short amount of time---when it's not raining," Krantz says.

Preaching heat safety is the top priority everyday

"Take frequent breaks, try to stay in the shade as much as you can and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, I bet it would be nothing for these guys to go though two to three gallons of water a day each just to stay hydrated out here," Krantz explained.

And with every drop of sweat and hard work, comes progress and fulfillment.

Loop 49 road crews are laying asphalt on section 3A, which will connect Highway 155 to Highway 31.

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