MDOT statement concerning the labor dispute between the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association and Operating Engineers 324
It is important to understand that MDOT is not a party to these negotiations. Our priorities remain the safety of workers and the traveling public and maintaining traffic to alleviate delays as much as possible.
In the event labor disputes affect active construction projects, MDOT has contractual specifications that address the contractor’s responsibilities. The contractors are obligated to maintain a safe work zone for motorists at all times and are required to do so for the full duration of the project even during delay caused by a labor dispute.
The contracts call for MDOT to grant extensions because of labor disputes, similar to provisions for acts of God. If that happens, the contractors could incur costs. Those would not be compensated.
Officials at MDOT take delays very seriously, working very hard to alleviate congestion and the inconvenience to drivers. So, of course, we hope the two sides reach agreement soon.