Jonesville Rd. Project Gets New Schedule

by Josh Colletta

The long-awaited overhaul of Jonesville Road between Gorbell and Ray-Quincy Roads finally has a date set.

According to the Daily Reporter, the Branch County Road Commission now has its calendar marked for July 13th through the 30th.

The project was originally scheduled for last summer, but work was prevented from starting when 200 employees with the Operating Engineers Local 324 union went on strike. Contractors Rieth-Riley had hoped to settle the dispute and start work in August, but they were never able to reach an agreement.

This was just one of many projects stopped by the strike, many of them in Michigan, and M-DOT allowed the company to delay some of them until this year.

Road Commission Manager Jay Miller says he believes the company is now non-union.