This aerial view shows water levels encroaching on the Milton staging area for Walsh Construction. This is the second time high water has threatened the staging area and created delays in construction of cofferdams and a landing platform on the Kentucky shoreline. Steel beams for the future landing platform may be seen standing in the river. At the time this photo was taken on Thursday, the Markland Dam lower guage reading was 44.5 ft. The river level is expected to reach 49 feet later this week. When water levels drop, construction will continue on a cofferdam around Pier 3 which is the first pier in the water on the Kentucky side. Cofferdams surround the base of the pier creating a dry environment for workers as they begin the process of strengthening and widening the existing piers. Workers will continue work on the cofferdam around Pier 2 which is a land pier on the Milton side. Walsh will continue construction of the platform in Milton that extends over the river providing access for barges loading and unloading equipment. The frequent rains that have prevailed in the Ohio River valley in recent weeks have caused numerous fluctuations in river levels.