09/27/2018 Update: The labor dispute has come to a temporary resolution and work will resume soon on WCRC’s Textile Road and Harris Road projects. Click here to read Mlive.com’s article about the resolution.
09/26/2018 Update: Paving has begun on Mast Road in Webster Township but the road remains closed to all traffic between Walsh Road and Strawberry Lake Road. Once paving has been completed, gravel shoulders and guardrail must be placed. The road should reopen to traffic sometime next week.
No updates on the Textile Road or the Harris Road projects.
WCRC was able to temporarily reopen the center lanes of Ellsworth Road in Pittsfield Township to traffic. There will be additional lane closures sometime in the next few weeks to allow the contractors to pave the final layer of ashpalt. When that happens, another advisory will be issued. Click here to subscribe to Pittsfield Township road advisory email updates.
Textile Road in Pittsfield Township, Mast Road in Webster Township and Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township are still impacted by the work stoppage and remain closed to all through-traffic.
As of 7 a.m. this morning, many projects on county roads in Washtenaw County are on hold due to a labor dispute between the Michigan Infrastructure Transportation Association (MITA) and the Operating Engineer’s Local 324. The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is not a party to these negotiations.
This work stoppage halts all paving, and some earthwork and underground work done by contractors on county roads. Some bridge work may also be impacted, depending on the contractor.
The major projects impacted include:
- Ellsworth Road resurfacing between Carpenter Road and Golfside Road in Pittsfield Township
- Textile Road reconstruction between State Rd and Michigan Avenue (US-12) in Pittsfield Township
- Mast Road culvert replacement and resurfacing between North Territorial Road and Strawberry Lake Road in Webster Township
- Harris Road reconstruction between Michigan Avenue (US-12) and Holmes Road in Ypsilanti Township
In addition, projects originally scheduled for this Fall may be delayed. It will remain the contractor’s responsibility to keep work zones safe for the traveling public.
Emily Kizer, Communications Manager