Stop work order issued on I-75 construction project - WNEM TV 5

Stop work order issued on I-75 construction project

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A dispute has brought construction on Southbound I-75 to a halt. The state has issued a stop work order on a project to repave a portion of the expressway in Saginaw County.

The contractor and the state are at odds over what to do with soil that could be contaminated. Walter Toebe Construction has expressed concern about contaminated sand at the site. They stopped working weeks ago, now there is an official stop work order.

MDOT officials said the original plan called for foundry sand to be used under the new pavement. The sand is from old General Motors plants.

"Most people just think of it as an expressway. I don't think they recognize the environmentally sensitive area this expressway is built through," said Bob Jones with Walter Toebe Construction.

State officials said there is no date set for the work to resume. MDOT is working with the DEQ and the contractor to reach a resolution.

MDOT is also trying to open the M-81 ramp before the holiday weekend allowing for a lane shift to alleviate some traffic.

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