Strike haults 19 construction projects in PA

    A strike has idled some major highway repair projects around Philadelphia.

    A strike has idled some major highway repair projects around Philadelphia.

    The dispute is between the Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania and four unions representing laborers, cement masons, carpenters and operating engineers.

    Gene Blaum is spokesman for PennDot. He says they have 19 construction projects idled by the walkout.

    “These 19 projects have a contract value of approximately 400 million dollars,” says Blaum. “These projects range from road resurfacing to major bridge replacement projects to highway reconstruction. A number of projects in the region are affected. No work has been done since late last week.”

    Blaum adds another project that is on hold is the South Street Bridge reconstruction. He hopes there can be a swift settlement to the dispute so construction work can resume quickly.

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