An approximately $5-million road reconstruction project in York Township, MI, included widening an approximately 1-mile section of Willis Road from two lanes to five lanes between US-23 and Platt Road, and widening an approximately 3-mile section of Platt Road to five lanes from Willis Road north to the entrance to a new Toyota research facility. Platt Road south of Willis Road was widened at the approach to the Willis Road intersection, and Willis Road west of Platt Road was widened at the approach to Platt Road. The Bemis Road and Platt Road intersection at the north end of the project was also widened, and a traffic signal was installed. The US-23 ramps were also upgraded. The project began in September 2007 and was completed in September.
"Because of some utility delays, some of the construction staging was modified to accelerate the job and get it back on track. That was a challenge. We provided the contractor with larger areas to work in and we made sure that the staging didn't interfere with the detours. We made the operations more efficient," Thomas Gray, project engineer for Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber (FTC&H), said. FTC&H performed construction inspection, engineering and administration for the project.
The project included 73,500 cubic yards of earth excavation; approximately 9,800 feet of curb and gutter; 79,850 square yards of 9-inch aggregate base; 3,655 feet of 12-inch concrete storm sewer; 2,155 feet of 15-inch concrete storm sewer; 1,700 feet of 18-inch concrete storm sewer; 2,000 feet of 24-inch concrete storm sewer; 37,300 cubic yards of sand subbase; 12,742 tons of 2C hot mix asphalt (HMA) base course; 10,277 tons of 3C HMA leveling course; and 7,800 tons of 4C HMA wear course. The US-23 ramps included 2,000 tons of 3E3 asphalt and 1,400 tons of 4E3 asphalt.
The prime contractor for the project was Sunset Excavating, Inc., of Livonia, MI. Subcontractors included Rauhorn Electric (traffic signals); P.K. Contracting, of Troy, MI (striping); Fessler & Bowman, Inc. (concrete work); and Cadillac Asphalt. The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. designed the project.