WEST SALEM, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Despite temperatures in the 90s and the heat index in the 100s, crews for the La Crosse County Highway Department were out seal coating the roads.
"I don't remember any day where we were shut down because of the heat," said Curt Wuensch, one of the highway department workers.
And it's not just the temperatures working against the crews, the materials used add to the intensity of the heat.
"The oil is 450 degrees and it's coming off the roads and yeah, it's very warm," said Ken Thesing, another highway department worker.
To stay cool, workers take breaks at 9, noon and 2 and make sure they stay hydrated.
"Everybody looks out for everybody else," Wuensch said. "You can kind of tell. You know these guys, you come to work, see them every day. You know if one is acting a little goofier."
Some workers even say you adjust to the scorching temperatures.
"I've been doing it for a quite a few years and you get used to it," Thesing said.
And if you stick with it, eventually you get a cooler job.
"I've been here 25 years this year and I started out like everybody on the bottom and luckily from me, on days like this, I'm usually in the truck," Wuensch said.
Wuensch says the benefit of the summer heat is that it dries the roads and they seal tighter and quicker.
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