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Harsh, Cold Winter Halts Some Real Estate Development, But Not All [VIDEO]

Record-setting cold temperatures this winter and the frequency of snowstorms has held up many construction projects—and put many laborers out of work until spring arrives—but not all work has stopped.

“A lot of work is halted due to the extreme cold weather,” said Sal Speziale, the business agent for Laborers Local 66, a general building laborers union chapter for Long Island.

The weather has been a problem all winter, and more people are out of work than is be typical of the season, according to Speziale.

Located off Hayground Road in Bridgehampton, Farrell Building Company’s five-lot Polo Court development has continued construction, having to overcome frozen ground, among other challenges.

Heavy-duty backhoes and bulldozers make quick work of breaking up the surface so contractors can pour a foundation.

“We realized the ground was frozen a foot-plus deep so I moved five large machines to the site,” Farrell Building Company founder Joe Farrell said. “They broke through easily and kept things on schedule—no problem for us.”

Once broken up into chunks, the frozen earth looks more than concrete than dirt.

Watch a video of the machines, and the men, at work on Monday:

Polo Court construction Monday in Bridgehampton. Photo credit: Cully/EEFAS
Polo Court construction Monday in Bridgehampton. Photo credit: Cully/EEFAS
Polo Court construction Monday in Bridgehampton. Photo credit: Cully/EEFAS
Ice and frozen earth piled up at the Polo Court construction site. Photo credit: Cully/EEFAS

Lot 1 at Polo Court will be a 6,000-square-foot home complete with a gunite pool, tennis court and a pool house priced at $7,995,000.

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