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Weather causes delays on major construction projects

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (05/16/14) - First it was the ice and snow and now the recent rain is causing delays on several Mid-Michigan construction projects.

From road projects to new builds, crews are really taking a beating from Mother Nature this year.     

The Flint Farmer's Market is about a month behind schedule due to the weather as they prepare to move to the new location downtown.
Now, the new goal is to open June 21.
Another project seeing even bigger delays is the Cornerstone project in Fenton. They're six months behind schedule.

"It's hurting everybody's business. Every construction company out there," said Rohn Smith, project superintendent of Sorenson Gross.

Smith keeps a calendar to help him keep track of the number of days his crews have put in hard work.   
"Twenty-one days that we'll be counting today since New Year's Eve weekend that we've been able to work. That's like one month's worth," Smith said.

Smith believes the new Cornerstone building will be an icon in Fenton, once it's done.
The three story building will contain a mix of dining, retail, office and residential units, but the brutal winter made it nearly impossible for crews to complete the project in a timely manner.       
Now the problem has been the soggy, chilly spring.

"You just keep plugging along, you change your schedules, you try to reorganize how people are coming in and what's going on, the bad part is that you got to start cutting time out of everybody's work schedules," Smith said.

Although crews are making some strides on this project, they're paying close attention to Mother Nature.

"You might get a couple of rainy days and then it's three or four or five sunny days, but here we get rain, rain, half a day of sun, another day of rain and that's another thing, you might only get rain in the morning or the evening, but if the block is wet, you can't work on it when it's wet," Smith said.

The Cornerstone project is now expected to be finished by the end of the year, rather than next month.
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