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Cold temperatures causing problems for construction workers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Work continues on the Ohio River Bridges project, but making progress hasn't been so easy this winter.

"They're used to working in the cold, but they're having to get used to working in the very, very cold conditions and that's tough. It's not fun. They're out here working long days," says Mindy Peterson, a spokesperson with the Bridges Project.

Workers have had to make adjustments as they're battling the cold.

It has caused them to have to shut down for a few days.

"It was just too cold to have people out here working," says Mindy Peterson.

It has even been too cold to use some equipment.

"They can pour concrete when it's cold. When it's very, very cold they don't want to be pouring concrete. When it's single digits, they're not going to be able to do those pours. So, they're working around that and doing some of the other work there," says Peterson.

Construction workers like Erica Dennison are taking precautions.

Dennison says they've been using "hand warmers (and) drinking a lot of coffee. Really, we stay busy. We shovel a lot so we stay kinda warm."

They also take frequent breaks to warm up, and have warming stations nearby.

For some, like Dennison, it's her first time working in such cold conditions.

"It's tough because I'm not used to it, but now I'm getting used to the weather so it's not so bad," says Dennison.

Even though construction workers haven't been able to work some days due to the cold, Peterson says there are pad days in the overall construction plan, so they are still on track with the project.

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