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Slow but steady progress being made at the wine village

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KENNEWICK, WA - Winter weather has definitely gotten in the way this year, especially for certain construction projects around the area. Reporter Mackenzie Maynard caught up with crews working on the wine village to see how things are progressing.

Although the project has been extremely slowed down on the outside, progress is still being made on the inside.

"These, all three of these, are in the final stages of being done," said Todd Wilkerson of Wilkerson Welding & Fabrication.

He's talking about some of the architectural trusses that'll be included in the wine village buildings.

"It's gonna be a focal point when you walk in," Wilkerson said. "People are going to be like, 'wow, look at these arches'."

For Wilkerson Welding & Fabrication, this is one of their biggest projects yet.

"We built, did structural steel on a few hotels in the Tri-Cities," said Wilkerson. "Most of our stuff gets covered up...these will be in the wide open."

So big, in fact, they moved shops to accommodate the size of the project.

"This is three times the shop we just moved from in October."

"Each of the trusses weighs in at just under 5,000 pounds.

"This is only half of the material of this order," Wilkerson said. "We still have another truckload coming."

Wilkerson told Mackenzie that today there will be fifteen large trusses and three a little smaller in size. Each one takes about three days to make, from start to finish. As for the wine village construction, because of all the snow and winter weather, the project end date is pushed back to August.