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MDOT Won't Fine Contractors Over 3-Week Road Work Stoppage

December 19, 2018 - 7:58 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Road contractors working on massive construction projects like I-696 and I-75 will not be fined as a result of a three-week work stoppage earlier this year.

Despite hints from Governor Rick Snyder that contractors would be fined for not finishing the road projects by original deadlines, the Michigan Department of Transportation says no fines will be applied.

MDOT says under contract, they are legally prevented from issuing penalties on workers or contractors because of a labor dispute, which took place in September between the contractors’ association and operating engineers’ union. Workers were locked out of work sites for nearly three weeks, stalling 75 local projects and 89 MDOT projects across the state.

The association and union eventually agreed to continue working without a contract through the 2018 construction season. Both I-696 and I-75 could be open as soon as January, according to MDOT.