ROCHESTER - As the temperture hit 96 at high noon on Monday, an underground utility construction crew worked across the street from Headlines Boutique on Columbus Avenue digging into a trench under a blistering midday sun.
"I'm not going to make these guys work as hard as a I would on a cool day," said the NEUCO crew's foreman, who preferred not to give his name. "I'll let the machines do more of the work."
|Rochester Police Patrolman Jonathan Labosier was out on a safety and traffic assignment while the NEUCO crew did its work on Columbus Avenue.|
He pointed to a compact utility loader that was tamping down dirt, adding, "I'd usually have one of my crew doing that with a shovel, but not today."
He said on a day this hot, they take a water break every 30 minutes.
"We try not to work as hard or as long," he added, noting that if the mercury hits "the trips" they call it a day.
Today will be cooler, but not by much with a high of 95. Tomorrow it drops back into the 80s.