Reconstruction and widening of an approximately 1-mile section of John R Road from South Boulevard to just north of Auburn Road in Rochester Hills, MI, began in May and was expected to be completed by October. A dedicated center left-turn lane was added to the two-lane road for the entire length of the project. The approximately $3.4-million project included construction of a 2,000-foot-long, 8-foot-wide asphalt pathway, which upgraded an existing pathway; the abandonment of an existing 12-inch diameter sanitary sewer pump station and the construction of a new 12-inch diameter sanitary sewer pump station; and improvements to the East Ferry drain. DiPonio Contracting, Inc., of Shelby Township was the prime contractor for the project.
"The most challenging part of this project was the replacement of the pump station. We had to keep an existing pump station in service while we installed the new one," Marie Chesney, office manager for DiPonio Contracting, Inc., said.
East Ferry drain improvements included enclosed drainage for John R, Michelson and Bedlow roads. Improvements to the East Ferry drain were necessary in order to provide public health and safety and correct water ponding in the roads. "The East Ferry drain improvements were necessary to provide a safe and stable road base and alleviate flooding in the area," Chesney said.
The project included the placement of 3,295 tons of asphalt for the pathway; 2,500 tons of 3C asphalt for the road's base course; and 3,300 tons of 4C asphalt for the road's top course. The project also included installation of 8,400 feet of 12-inch to 54-inch diameter concrete storm sewer pipe, 1,000 feet of 8-inch and 12-inch sanitary pipe, and 1,200 feet of 12-inch ductile iron water main.
Subcontractors on the project included John Carlo, Inc., of Clinton Township, MI (asphalt paving); and G.M. & Sons, of Whitmore Lake, MI (concrete).