Kalamazoo County road commission seeks patience on projects delayed by labor dispute
At least six road projects in Kalamazoo County have been delayed due to a labor dispute between the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) and the International Union of Operating Engineers #324.
The Road Commission of Kalamazoo County is not a party to the dispute, but said in a statement released Friday that the disagreement is causing delays in finishing some road projects.
The projects that could go into October or November before they are completed include:
- Ravine Road: 12th Street to US-131, Alamo Township
- 35th Street: ML Avenue to M-96, Comstock Township
- D Avenue: Douglas Avenue to 17th Street, Cooper Township
- Kalamazoo Township Local Roads, Kalamazoo Township
- KL Avenue: 9th Street to 11th Street, Oshtemo Township
- KL Avenue: 11th Street to Drake Road, Oshtemo Township
Commission officials said they have been receiving calls from residents seeking to have the projects completed.
"Be reassured the RCKC would also like to have these projects started and/or completed. The delay on all of these projects effect many aspects of our operations and the service we provide to the public," the commission said in the written announcement. "We appreciate your patience as we work with our partners on this issue.
The MITA has said the lockout is defensive. The association’s executive vice president, in an earlier interview with Newschannel 3, said the lockout is a result of the union not wanting to work with MITA on a new contract because the union doesn't want a multi-employer agreement.