Work was halted on some Michigan road projects Tuesday—including several street and road projects in Ferndale—following a labor dispute between the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) and the Operating Engineers Local 324. (City of Ferndale employees are not involved.)
Affected Ferndale street projects include the Livernois Resurfacing Project and residential streets undergoing concrete work through the City’s Pavement Improvement Program. Work involving Local 324 heavy-equipment operating engineers (such as concrete work) has been halted until the lockout is resolved. Ferndale Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Carlos Kennedy said that the City will continue working on the projects throughout the work stoppage as conditions permit, performing essential tasks such as:
Backfilling curbs, driveways, sidewalks, and ramps
Continuing irrigation repairs and lawn restorations on streets where concrete work has been completed, including Pearson, Hyland, and Catalpa
Placing permanent placement markings
Placement of permanent signs, pedestrian crossing implements, and brick pavers on Livernois
Kennedy said that DPW and the City’s contracted project manager will oversee work sites to ensure that conditions remain safe for residents and motorists. Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) guidelines require road construction companies to maintain safe work zones in active project sites at all times, even during labor delays.
The City’s team is monitoring the situation closely and will obtain and share updated schedules for project completion once the lockout is resolved.
If you have questions about how your street may be affected or experience unsafe conditions on a City street repaving project, please contact DPW at 248-546-2519.