M-46 Overlay Presents Challenges

By Aram Kalousdian, Editor | September 28, 2010

A 7.3-mile hot mix asphalt overlay on M-46 in Muskegon County, MI, began in September 2008 and was completed in October 2008. The project included cold milling. The road is five lanes and it narrows down to two lanes at what was the east end of the project.

"There were some challenges with traffic on the west end of the project. The west 1-1/2 miles was done at night, due to US-31 traffic. We were working from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. We were doing one lane per night for five consecutive nights," Kirk Breukink, area manager for Rieth-Riley, said. Rieth-Riley was the prime contractor for the project.

The approximately $1.9-million project included 25,561 tons of 5E3 high-stress hot mix asphalt and 300,676 square yards of cold milling.

Subcontractors on the project included Northern Construction Services Corp., of Niles, MI (milling); Brenner Excavating, of Hopkins, MI (structure adjustments and shoulder gravel); P.K. Contracting (pavement markings); Give 'Em A Brake Safety, of Grandville, MI (traffic control devices); and Strain Electric, of Grand Rapids, MI.


Project: 7.3-mile asphalt overlay on M-46 in Muskegon County, MI

Prime contractor: Rieth-Riley

Cost: $1.9 million