Construction thrives in warm winter


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — You would think it was spring time with the moderate temperatures and the sounds of construction heard around New Haven. On New Year’s Eve, workers are busy installing windows from an elevated work platform with no concern for the cold.

“Much better, everybody likes that,” said Ron Garner, with Post Road Residential. “No snow, (the) rain goes away next day.”

Ron Garner is project manager of the Corsair Apartments, the sprawling complex going up quickly on upper State Street in New Haven. And the relative warm weather, right up to the last day of the year, granted his team several more weeks of work unabated. Enabling them to keep the project on-schedule also saves them money.

“We’re going full guns, 80-90 people on site, earning an income,” said Garner.

And over on Yale’s campus, construction cranes tower overhead as workers sit on ice-free aluminum roofs. We’re told that city officials normally place a moratorium on new street cuts during winter to avoid plow damage. But so far this season, nothing has been announced.

“We’re able now to do things in the street that normally we wouldn’t be able to do this time of year,” said Garner.

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