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Strike shuts down road project in Jackson

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Posted at 8:10 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 20:11:02-04

LANSING, Mich. — Several road construction projects have ground to a halt because of the strike at Rieth-Riley.

Workers at the road contractor walked out Wednesday and contract talks are at a stand-still.

The Jackson County Transportation Department tells News 10 they are doing everything possible to get these projects moving forward, but can't do much about the stalled contract negotiations.

"It is out of our hands JCDOT is very concerned that we won't be able to get the projects completed that Rieth-Riley are on," said Deputy Managing Director, Angela Kline.

On Friday a few projects were at a stand-still.

"There's absolutely no work going on, on our Norval Road project," said Kline.

She also added that Rieth-Riley are on a on a couple other local projects where there is also no work going on.

The county is looking for other ways to get the projects finished.

"Right now we're looking to see if we have any other options to get those completed this year, right now we don't know the answer to that," said Kline.

They hope Rieth-Riley and the union will reach a deal within the next two-weeks, so the road work can resume on time.

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