Cold temperatures make it tough for crews to fix roads

6:43 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Crews were out repairing a broken water main and patching the road on Tuesday in Lowell.

The main broke on Monday affecting water to an estimated 50 homes. Workers were out in the bitter cold making sure everything was in working order on Tuesday.

"It's as cold as North Dakota, it has got to be," said Jeff Kresnak, president of Superior Asphalt Inc. in Grand Rapids. He added that the bitter cold is especially hard on crews when they are out using tools to fix the roads in single digit temperatures.

"It is tough on them, it is tough," Kresnak said. "They like the hours, they like to work but then again they are used to working in those eighty, ninety degree days and they love that a lot more."

The 50 home owners affected by the break are being told to boil their water for drinking, cooking and brushing their teeth. The city is doing testing to make sure bacteria didn't get into the supply when the water was turned off. Test results are due back Wednesday.

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