Major Construction Wraps-up at BAuer Drain

Over the past month, the contractor has worked to complete the last major work items on the drain and prepare the site to be seeded so that vegetation may be restored to disturbed areas. This work included the restoration of laydown areas and hauling routes, installation of trash racks on pipe ends, and placing concrete for the final junction chamber cap.

Over the next several weeks, regular inspections will be made to monitor the grass growth and correct any deficiencies noted. Additional work will be needed at each junction chamber to install access hatches and other items, which will take place over the next few months.

If you have any questions or concerns with the conditions of the work site, please contact Terry Belill, inspector, 989-996-5228.


Work through the winter months has been dependent on weather conditions; however, a lot of progress has been made on-site with the Bauer Drain Relocation project. The primary work items include junction chamber construction and channel grading work adjacent to the petroleum storage properties.

Four junction chambers have been constructed on-site. The first two were constructed on the relocated Drain adjacent to the Enbridge and Vector pipelines to provide access for maintenance of the Drain under the pipelines. The third chamber was constructed along Grimes Road to act as an isolation point for stormwater runoff from Enbridge’s terminal facility. The last chamber was constructed west of Mt. Pleasant Road as an isolation point for stormwater from the Wolverine and Marathon properties. All chamber’s are currently secured using steel plates, as their lids are being manufactured off-site.

Work to fill and re-grade the existing channel, according to EGLE Permit No. WRP023342 v. 1, is currently underway for sections of the channel between Grimes Road and Mt Pleasant Road. This work also includes the removal, installation, and reconfiguration of several Drain crossings.

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


With the completion of the jack and bore crossing under Wolverine Pipe Line utilities, contractors on-site continue with work items southward along Grimes Road. Jackson Dirt Works resumed pipe installation, connecting to the newly bored steel pipe with manhole structures. Their pipe installation efforts take them south toward the location of the next jack and bore crossing.

Lowe Construction has been working to prepare the next jack and bore crossing under Enbridge Energy utilities. Extensive coordination and preparation has been undertaken to ready the site for the crossing work including phone and power utility relocation, temporary fencing, and deep and shallow dewatering systems. Dewatering efforts will be managed for the next 7-10 days, ahead of the crossing which is planned to commence the week of October 25, weather dependent.

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


Jack and bore crossings of petroleum pipelines began last week and were completed Monday, September 20. This is the first of two jack and bore crossings to be completed on the project. Lowe Construction was on-site to perform the work. A 48″ diameter steel pipe was bored under the Wolverine Pipe Line utilities to provide for a trenchless crossing. Safety coordination and utility representative oversight was top priority as the work progressed. This crossing was completed safely and without incident.

Storm sewer installation will continue to connect the bored steel pipe to the already installed portion of the relocated Bauer Drain. Preparations will begin within the next week to perform the remaining jack and bore operation under petroleum pipelines on the other portions of the project.

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


Work is progressing satisfactorily to construct the relocated Bauer Drain within Grimes Road. Crews have been diligently installing the 48-inch diameter storm sewer, manhole structures, and the base material for the restored roadway. Grimes Road is still closed and will remain closed until the pipe installation is complete. A posted detour route via Mt. Pleasant Road is in place and can be found on our Project Maps page.

In addition to pipe installation, crews are also preparing for the trenchless crossings under critical petroleum pipelines. All of the petroleum pipelines are being positively identified ahead of time by means of hydro-excavation so that we may safely cross under the critical utilities. On-site personnel is working closely with pipeline safety representatives as the crossings work approaches.

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


Work along Grimes Road resumes today, following coordination with critical communication utilities, continuing with installation of 48-inch diameter storm sewer. Please note, Grimes Road is currently closed as the construction activity continues within the roadway. A detour has been setup via Mt. Pleasant Road and can be viewed here.

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


The contractor will be closing Grimes Road on Monday, August 9, 2021 with a detour following Dexter Trail, Mt Pleasant Road, and Swan Road. Local traffic, private access drives, and access for emergency services will be maintained at all times. Trash collection and mail delivery will continue during the closure as well. Please find the detour map available on our Project Maps page.

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


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.