Should National Guard Be Used To Finish Westnedge Construction?
Governor Snyder is said to be considering bringing in the National Guard to complete road construction projects as a labor dispute has halted many construction projects across the state, according to WXYZ.
One of the more notable projects in Kalamazoo County is Westnedge Avenue in Portage. The original target date for completion of the Westnedge road work was Labor Day. As that date came and went, Friday, September 21 became the new goal. Guess what. Those orange barrels, constricted, redirected and just plain blocked lanes remain pretty much as they were since Labor Day. I regularly commute this stretch of roadway. It can be extremely frustrating during peak travel times. Businesses are feeling the impact with multiple stores closing since the project began because some would rather avoid the construction.
The National Guard heavy equipment operators is one option said to be on the table. Another of the options in consideration is withholding payments to contractors. The labor dispute between the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association and the Operating Engineers Local 324 union began on September 4.