Construction crews beat the heat to make deadline

SPOKANE, Wash. - Freya hill construction project

If you don't work in an air-conditioned office then these very hot temperatures can make for an extra long day at work.

On the Freya hill a new sidewalk construction project has crews from Red Diamond Construction sweating up a storm as they try to stay on schedule. There are only so many days a year that you can pour concrete here in Spokane and so with that condensed construction season you've got to work your project whether it's hot or not.

The construction crew beat the heat with the help of gallon freezer bags filled with frozen water, which helped keep them cool as they trudged up and down five blocks along Freya on the South Hill.

The project has them installing a sidewalk where there's never been one before and in the wintertime that's put elementary school kids walking within inches of Freya Street traffic.

Crews try to beat the heat by starting early in the morning however when they are working in a residential area they can't start making noise until 7 a.m.

"It's the weather; you deal with it," Randy Adams with Red Diamond Construction said. "You don't get used to the cold but you dress for it. Then warm, you just get used to it."

The sidewalk project should be finished by the middle of the month.