Gratiot Project Encounters Utilities

By Aram Kalousdian, Editor | September 28, 2010

An approximately $180,000 median planting project on Gratiot in Clinton Township that extended from 14 Mile Road to 16-1/2 Mile Road began in June and was completed in July. United Lawnscape, Inc., of Washington Township, was the contractor for the project.

"The utilities ran right down the center of where we were planting. There were electric, gas, telephone, and fiber optic utilities," Mark Reuter, vice president of Operations for United Lawnscape, Inc., said.

"We were digging out the plant beds and installing plant mix throughout the entire bed, which is not something we normally do. The plant beds were excavated 1 foot down. This was a requirement by Clinton Township. This was done for the health of the plant material."

United Lawnscape, Inc. used a Takeuchi TB 180 mini-excavator, a compact Case 221 wheel loader, and two Case 90XT skid-steer loaders on the project.

Reuter said that the compact equipment was needed because of the size of the island and the existing trees that were encountered on the island. He said that approximately 70 percent of United Lawnscape's equipment fleet is compact equipment.

The project included approximately 7,000 pieces of small plant material and approximately 50 trees, including maple trees, crab trees, locust trees, and amelanchier trees.


Project: Median planting project on Gratiot in Clinton Township

Contractor: United Lawnscape, Inc., of Washington Township

Cost: Approximately $180,000