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Despite Heat, Paving Continues in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — We all know it’s hot out. But try doing the job of roadwork. We found road crews paving North Sherman Street in Wilkes-Barre on one of the hottest days of the year.

“It`s hard but it`s good money and a lot of hours so we have to get it done,” said Jesse Van Sock, one of the paving contractors.

If you look closely what you see on every piece of equipment are coolers and water bottles. Workers said they expect to drink over three gallons of water by the end of their shift.

Not only do the workers have to deal with the heat of the outside air temperature, they also have to deal with the asphalt temperature. Freshly laid asphalt reaches over 300 degrees.

When asked how to stay cool next to the 300 degree asphalt, one worker said, “Stay away from that. Totally stay away. Whenever I get a chance I go into the shade. I jump on it, you know,” said Anthony Cavanagh, one of the road flaggers.

Newswatch 16 meteorologists predict cooler temperatures will return to our area for tomorrow and the weekend.



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