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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Construction workers are fighting through miserable winter weather to meet spring deadlines. That includes a project expected to become the centerpiece of Muskegon's downtown re-development, the new Muskegon Farmers' Market.

Steve Novak, president of the T4 Group says the unusually cold and snowy winter has been trying on his crews. "Some mornings these boys have been out here in minus 15 degrees or lower." Novak applauds the work subcontractors are doing as they help his company turn vacant space along Western Avenue into what is expected to become a gathering place.

Novak says the project has lost 18 days due to wicked winter weather but the target is still an early May opening. "We are going to bring some help in and our goal is still to open on May third."

Clay Kemmerling of Thompson Fabrication says deep snow covers materials and wind makes it difficult to erect steel over vendor booths. "With high winds you have everything moving around and you have to be safe."

With the elements, one or the other elements is manageable, but both have workers dreaming of warm weather. While a significant warm up is weeks away, water from melting snow could be the next big challenge workers will face as they approach May.

"If this weather persists for another two or three weeks, then we may have to come back and reevaluate our position," Novak told WZZM. He says the project must have warm weather at the end of April to plant trees, shrubbery, and flowers to complete the market site.

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