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Union lockout halts project on Jolly Road

Posted: 8:53 AM, Sep 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-08 12:53:14Z

A big road resurfacing project on Lansing's south side is on hold because of a union lockout.

FOX 47's Cryss Walker spoke went to the area where drivers say there’s plenty of orange barrels but no workers on the job.

“I'm afraid of little kids in the neighborhood falling in these holes and stuff”, said Peggy Satterly who lives on Jolly Road near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Juanita Daniels told Cryss Walker she has to take an alternate route to get to work.

“It's been hectic”, said Daniels. “You have to go all the way around.”

Residents say road closures, piles of dirt and orange cones are starting to become a nuisance.

“It's a hassle because we have to leave at least 45 minutes early to pick them up from school because you just never know”, Roxanne Ellenwood explained.

City officials told FOX 47 Jolly Road is being resurfaced from MLK to
Pleasant Grove.

The Lansing Public Works Department said in an email that the project came to an abrupt halt due to a labor dispute between Operating Engineers Local 324 and the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

City officials say the project is scheduled to be complete in October, but the labor dispute could drag out the process.

FOX 47’s Cryss Walker spoke with representatives from both the MITA and Operating Engineers Local 324 Friday.

They said an agreement has not been reached, so it's unknown when crews will be back to work.