LANSING – The eastern lanes of I-696 in Macomb County – one of the busiest parts of the Michigan highway – have been torn and untouched for ten days during a labor dispute that began on 4 September.

No talks are planned and there is still no end to the dispute between the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association and Operating Engineers Local 324, the trade union representing operators of cranes and other heavy equipment.

With an estimated two and a half months of work needed to complete the project, the Michigan Department of Transportation is more concerned about the $ 90 million job on the highway – along with many of the more than 100 road building projects the dispute has been reached – perhaps not finished before the frost falls and fresh concrete can no longer be poured.