Labor dispute delays W. MI construction projects

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A labor dispute between road workers and construction companies has delayed two projects in West Michigan.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson John Richard said bridge work on northbound US-131 over 6 Mile Road has been delayed because of the dispute. It has a new tentative start date of Sept. 17.

The construction will close 6 Mile Road for the duration of the project.

Richard said the planned widening of the bridge on westbound I-196 over the Grand River has also been delayed, but it should not impact the overall schedule.

Operating Engineers Local 324 represents around 14,000 heavy equipment operators statewide, and is in a contract dispute with the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, which has 500 members made up of owners of construction companies.

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