A project involving approximately 4 miles of hot mix asphalt cold milling and resurfacing is being done on eastbound and westbound Interstate 96 from US-23 in Livingston County, MI, east to the Oakland County, MI, line. The project includes joint conditioning, removing some deteriorated areas, milling the existing hot mix surface, and placing a two-course overlay of hot mix asphalt. The project also includes reconstructing the Kensington Road interchange and rehabilitation work on the Pleasant Valley Road Bridge over Interstate 96.
The $22.5-million project began in March and is expected to be completed in October. The prime contractor is Six-S, Inc., of Waterford Township, MI, and D.O.C. Contracting joint venture.
"We will also be performing safety upgrades within the Interstate 96 corridor. We will be widening the outside shoulder for emergency stopping purposes," Chad Rajala, assistant resident engineer with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), said. The existing 10-foot shoulder will be widened to 12 feet.
"We are replacing the two-lane Kensington Road structure with a steel five-lane structure and we're reconstructing the ramps to accommodate the new interchange," Rajala said. The Kensington Road Bridge will have a concrete deck and concrete railings.
"We are doing rehabilitation work at Pleasant Valley Road. We are removing some of the bad bridge surface and we are placing a new concrete bridge surface along with a new barrier wall. We are also reconstructing the ramps at the Pleasant Valley Road interchange. We're anticipating a 20-year life out of the work at the Pleasant Valley Road interchange."
Subcontractors on the project include Walter Toebe Construction Company, of Wixom, MI, (bridge work) and Cadillac Asphalt.
Material quantities include approximately 2,000 cubic yards of concrete for the bridge work and approximately 1 million pounds of structural steel bridge beams. There will be 25,000 tons of 4E30 asphalt leveling course and 32,000 tons of gap grades Superpave asphalt on Interstate 96; 14,000 tons of 3E10 asphalt base course and a total of 5,000 tons of 4E10 asphalt leveling and wear courses on the Kensington Road interchange. Approximately 2,500 tons of 3E3 base course asphalt and a total of approximately 10,000 tons of 4E3 asphalt leveling and wear courses will be placed on the Pleasant Valley Road interchange.