This story sounds like something you might hear in a comedy club.

Nashville is growing so fast and traffic is so bad, even the construction workers can’t get to work on time.

It’s not a joke.

The potential cost to some construction firms is no laughing matter.

On Friday while most drivers are navigating Nashville gridlock traffic at 8 a.m., these construction workers already have two hours under their belts, working inside the L&C Tower downtown.

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To beat traffic, some arrive at 6 a.m., others even earlier. Any later and you pay the price.

“I try to get up at 6 o’clock in the morning and it takes me about 45 minutes to get here and it’s only like a 20-minute drive, so it’s a lot of traffic,” said Cody Lankford, a construction worker.

For 70 years, DWC Construction has been helping cities like Nashville develop.

Exploding growth could force many construction firms to work earlier and plan smarter.

“So that they’re picking materials up on the way into work, or on the way home from work, so they don’t have to fight the traffic midday,” said DWC Construction CEO John Arndt.

Code inspections must now be lined up days in advance, otherwise, the codes inspector might be sitting in traffic, forcing this work to a grinding halt.

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All the construction activity up there has a direct impact on the street level. There are construction dumpsters full of stuff being thrown away. Once it’s full, there’s another problem.

Sometimes the dumpster can’t be moved and emptied because of traffic, causing even more delays.

Without careful planning, DWC’s president said traffic problems could cost his company up to $70,000 a year.

“So not only did I lose time on that deliver earlier, I may now be paying time and a half to actually complete the work,” said Arndt.

The cost of doing business in a place that shows no sign of slowing down, except here.

“When the workmen have to move throughout the day, they’re not only dealing with traffic, they’re also trying to determine if there going to be a place to park my truck and unload my tools,” said Arndt.

The president of DWC Construction said a national investor told him they actually look for cities with traffic problems just like Nashville because they’re growing and have greater business opportunities.

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