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Strike halts city construction work

A strike this week by heavy equipment operators is halting work on several public works projects in Evanston.

Talks between the operating engineers union and the association representing contractors aren’t scheduled to resume until Wednesday.

A strike this week by heavy equipment operators is halting work on several public works projects in Evanston.

Talks between the operating engineers union and the association representing contractors aren’t scheduled to resume until Wednesday.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says street work on Oakton Street and Dodge Avenue is being delayed by the strike. If the strike doesn’t end soon, Robinson says, it could make it impossible to finish those projects before school resumes in the fall.

Robinson says the city has enough cold patch asphalt on hand to do most routine road maintenance, but can’t get new supplies because asphalt and concrete plants have been shut by the walkout.

Utilities Director Dave Stoneback says water main projects on Dodge between Emerson and Davis as well as on Oakton between Hartrey and Dodge are being affected, but sewer lining work being done by the Metropolitan Water Resources District on Orrington Avenue is continuing because of a no-strike clause in that contract.

Parks and Forestry Superintendent Paul D’Agostino says the strike has also halted work on the $1.5 million project to repair the roof of the Civic Center.

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