Reconstructing Grand River Avenue

By Aram Kalousdian, Editor | September 28, 2010

An over 2-mile, $8.1-million concrete reconstruction and overlay of Grand River Avenue in Livingston County, MI, includes widening the road between US-23 and Pleasant Valley Road from two lanes to three, four and five lanes. An existing five-lane pavement between the Brighton city limits and northbound US-23 will be milled and overlaid. This one-half-mile section of the project includes joint repairs and limited curb replacement. Six-S Inc., of Waterford Township, MI, is the prime contractor for the project. The Livingston County Road Commission is the project owner.

“This is a heavily traveled road. A lot of people go through there, and there are a lot of businesses on that section of the road. Keeping the traffic moving and maintaining access to the businesses has been challenging. So far we've done a pretty good job of keeping everything rolling and taking care of the businesses,” Tom Wall, project manager for Six-S Inc., said.

The project began in March and it is expected to be completed by November; however, Six-S has been staying ahead of schedule. “We've been well organized. We have multiple operations going on at the same time. We don't limit ourselves to one operation at a time. We're excavating, we're doing edge drain and we're placing stone. That's the main reason that we've been able to get ahead of schedule. We're also putting in extra hours,” Wall said.

The project is being constructed in three major stages in order to minimize the impact on traffic, residents and area businesses.

A Pleasant Valley Road closure between Interstate 96 and Grand River Avenue for construction on Pleasant Valley Road is the only long-term road closure on the project. The intersection with Grand River Avenue is being raised over 2 feet and widened for improved turn lanes. Raising the grade will improve nighttime driving visibility and safety, according to the Livingston County Road Commission.

This section of Grand River Avenue currently carries 17,000 vehicles per day, and this is expected to increase 50 percent over the next 20 years. When completed, the project will provide many benefits. According to the Livingston County Road Commission, the project will:

  • Improve the ride quality of the road
  • Reduce congestion
  • Improve safety with a center left turn lane
  • Provide sufficient capacity for future traffic volumes

The project includes 55,000 square yards of P-1 modified 9-inch non-reinforced concrete pavement; 108,000 square yards of 21AA stone; and approximately 80,000 square yards of 4G stone.

Subcontractors on the project include C&G Myers, of Milford, MI (storm sewer and water main); Serratos Concrete Construction (curbs and driveways); and Michigan Highway Contracting, of Canton Township, MI (landscaping).

The Livingston County Road Commission is providing engineering and inspection services. Orchard Hiltz & McCliment, Inc. (OHM) is the design engineering firm for the project.