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Anna Schlutt / Michigan Radio

Many Michiganders like to say there are two seasons in Michigan: winter, and construction. We’re in the midst of that second season now, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Orange barrel season in Michigan might be a little longer this year.

Dozens of Michigan construction projects are in limbo as unionized heavy equipment operators went on strike early Wednesday morning.  

The Operating Engineers Local 324 is upset with a stalemate in contract talks with the Indiana-based Rieth-Riley Construction. The company is handling roughly 90 state road projects, including large projects on I-94 and I-75.

Union spokesman Dan McKernan accuses the company of unfair labor practices.