Our contractor began work last week installing stream measures within the Sycamore Creek. Weather delays prevented work from being performed on Friday, July 16. Our contractor has resumed work this morning and will be working all week, weather permitting. Please be aware of equipment moving along the Hayhoe Riverwalk, as part of the project. Personnel will be onsite to direct pedestrians and keep the work area safe. If you would like more information on the types of measures being installed, visit our stream mitigation page.

The Sycamore Creek Enhancement Project is being constructed as mitigation for the Bauer Drain Relocation Project by a contractor retained by the Ingham County Drain Commissioner Patrick E Lindemann.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terry Belill, inspector, 989-996-5228, or Meredith Freeby, inspector, 269-254-7016.


Nearly 800 feet of storm sewer and two drainage structures were installed last week on the Bauer Drain Relocation project. Crews worked within the drain easement east of the Grimes Roads, through an open agricultural field. There was one day lost to weather last week, however, construction crews are already back to work this morning, hoping to near Grimes Road by the end of this week, weather dependent. Once work items progress into Grimes Road, the road will be closed until work is complete. More information to come on the Grimes Road closure.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terry Belill, inspector, 989-996-5228.


Survey staking has been completed and our contractor will begin to mobilize equipment and materials next week, July 12-16, 2021. Informational signage will be placed prior to any work commencing on the pathway, to keep pedestrians informed. While crews work along the creek, additional personnel will be available to keep pedestrians safe and to answer any questions about the project.

The construction along the Sycamore Creek will include the installation of in-stream measures designed to improve the stream. To learn more about these in-stream measures, go to the Stream Mitigation page. Check the Project Maps page to see where we are working each week. Given the nature of the work, our contractor may be delayed by weather conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terry Belill, inspector, 989-996-5228.


Installation of storm sewer as part of the Bauer Drain Relocation began this week. Concrete storm sewer and manhole structures were installed near the existing Bauer Drain just west of Mt. Pleasant Road. Construction is being performed from crane mats initially as the Contractor works through an area of soft soils. From here, crews will continue to install storm sewer to extend the relocated Drain west then south to the Drain’s existing crossing under Grimes Road. Additional staging areas and access to the work area has been provided by various property owners.

The relocated section of the Bauer Drain will not be put into service until its construction is complete. Progress on this reach has been slow due to weather delays, and will be weather dependent going forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terry Belill at (989) 996-5228.


Mobilization of materials and equipment is about to begin on the pipe installation portion of the project. Storm sewer pipe deliveries will begin tomorrow, Friday, May 28, along Grimes Road. Additional equipment and materials are scheduled to be delivered and staged next week, Tuesday, June 1, to Friday, June 4. Installation of soil erosion and sedimentation control measures will also take place during this time. Equipment and materials may also be staged and stored at the northeast corner of Dexter Trail and Grimes Road.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terry Belill at (989) 996-5228.


Preliminary easement clearing work came to a close last week as crews on-site cleaned up fallen trees and debris. Logs were removed, stacked for storage, or coordinated with landowners as Jackson Dirt Works prepares to start excavation work around the 5th of May, 2021. Disturbed areas caused by tree clearing activities will be monitored and addressed as work progresses.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terry Belill, Inspector, 989-996-5228.


Maintenance tree clearing of the Drain easement along portions of the Bauer Drain channel and relocation route are complete. Cleanup efforts will continue during the week of April 26, 2021 to remove tree debris and stack logs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terry Belill, Inspector, (989) 996-5228.