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Mild winter allows construction to continue without pushback from weather

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) – From streets to buildings, construction is going on across the Black Hills. Vice President of Dream Design International Kyle Treloar says snow plays a big role in the amount of work that crews are able to do.

“The snow is not great for underground work and for mass grading style work,” says Treloar. “It can be done, you just have to be more careful so when you’re moving mass quantities of dirt you need to be aware of the frost in the ground. The frost doesn’t allow doesn’t allow for proper compaction and so you can’t compact frosty material.”

Treloar says crews have to work around the frozen material when the temps drop, but with the mild winter, we have been seeing he says they have been able to catch up on many of their projects.

“It’s been just amazing, we’ve been able to make up a lot of ground that we lost from earlier this year and the spring when we had some of the COVID slowdowns and whatnot,” says Treloar. “We were able to make up a lot of ground and kind of catch back up to where we were wanting to be by the end of this year.”

There was a lot of uncertainty at the beginning of the pandemic, but Treloar says once people got their confidence back, the building industry boomed back to where it left off. He’s now expressing optimism about the year to come.

“We do expect that 2021 is going to be an amazing year so all indicators right now are as that we are going to continue to grow. We’ve got a lot of demand that’s built up that we are working on supplying and 2021 should be a great year moving forward and we’ll all be happy to say good-bye to 2020,” says Treloar.

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