PEORIA -- Many central Illinois businesses need the rain to survive, but area construction projects have had a successful season without it.
Many people aren't thanking Mother Nature for this summer.
Spokesman Brian Williamsen said IDOT can't complain. "When it comes to road projects, having it dry outside it's usually going to make things a lot, a lot better."
Williamsen said IDOT has completed more than 20 area projects this summer. Its spent more than 40 million dollars widening structures and repairing roadways.
He said the mild winter gave workers a head start, and the dry summer allowed for no delays.
"Whether its construction or more of our operation and maintenance projects, anytime you have a season like this usually it's going to be one where it's very productive."
Although he said there's one small downfall to the finished product. "You know the landscaping aspect of it and the end of the projects, just like everyone else out there trying to keep their grass growing."
Williamsen said he hopes next season is just as warm as this one. IDOT is scheduled to kick off a three year project on interstate 74 near Morton.
IDOT recently started a new campaign, "Embrace the Orange." It's aiming to spread awareness and safety for road construction workers.
For more information visit www.embracetheorange.com.