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Milling Deep On Cass Avenue

A 2-1/2-mile section of Cass Avenue in Macomb County that is currently a two-lane asphalt road is being reconstructed into a five-lane concrete road with two roundabouts, one at 19 Mile Road and another one at Romeo Plank Road. Six-S Inc., of Waterford Township, is the prime contractor for the project.

June 02, 2008

A 2-1/2-mile section of Cass Avenue in Macomb County that is currently a two-lane asphalt road is being reconstructed into a five-lane concrete road with two roundabouts, one at 19 Mile Road and another one at Romeo Plank Road. Six-S Inc., of Waterford Township, is the prime contractor for the project. The approximately $6.2-million project began in March and it is expected to be completed by November.

There is 50,549 square yards of pavement removal on the project. "We're utilizing a Wirtgen 2000 milling machine to do full-depth removal of asphalt in preparation for the prime contractor to reconstruct Cass Avenue," Bob White, operations manager for Miller Brothers Construction, of Archbold, Ohio, said. Miller Brothers is removing asphalt 6 inches to 16 inches deep. White said that the asphalt material was deeper than anticipated.

"When the pavement removal exceeds 12 inches, the pavement removal must be conducted in more than one pass. Typically, machines of this type will cut a maximum of 12 inches," White said. Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. is a subcontractor to Six-S and is doing the temporary asphalt paving work on the project. Miller Brothers is a subcontractor to Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. Barrett is recycling the milled asphalt.

"We find that the Wirtgen 2000 machine is a versatile machine that does well with surface milling and is powerful enough to do full-depth removals," White said. He said that it can be used in small parking lots or on large highway projects.

"There are larger and smaller machines on the market, but we've found this to be a good fit for our customer base," White added.

Material quantities on the project include placing 81,544 square yards of 12-inch deep sand subbase; 6 inches of aggregate base; and approximately 74,000 square yards of 9-inch non-reinforced concrete pavement.

"There is a lot of local traffic on this project. There is a lot of school traffic and school buses that use Cass Avenue. It is somewhat of a challenge to build this project in this traffic," Gennady Bilzon, vice president of Six-S Inc., said.

Subcontractors on the project include State Barricade, of Warren (traffic control); G. M. & Sons, of Ypsilanti (sidewalks, driveways, and curbs); C & G Myers, of Milford (underground work); Rauhorn Electric (traffic signal work); and P. K. Contracting, of Troy (striping).

 
 

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