Work Nearly Complete At Bauer Drain

The work areas that have been occupied by heavy construction equipment over the past 18 months are starting to green up with new vegetation as the Bauer Drain and Sycamore Creek Mitigation Project draws to a close. Contractors are working on finishing touches on-site including grass growth and other minor adjustments and corrections as the newly relocated Drain flows under Grimes Road and around the tank storage facilities. The Hayhoe Riverwalk in the City of Mason has residents and wildlife alike enjoying the improvements along the Sycamore Creek.

Minor work items will be completed within the next month before final completion status is reached. If you have any questions or concerns with the conditions of the work site, please contact Terry Belill, inspector, 989-996-5228.

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 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.


Construction crews began installing 48-inch round storm sewer this week after the completion of elliptical pipe installation. Restoration of previous work areas has been completed in an effort to reestablish vegetation. Progress will continue this week pending any delays from the rain in the forecast.

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