There will be no work on Monday, May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day. Let us celebrate, honor, and remember our fallen service members with gratitude and pride.
Thank you to everyone who uses Grimes Road for your patience while paving operations took place. Grimes Road has been fully opened to traffic.
Work will continue along Grimes Road to install gravel shoulders, install driveway approaches, and final restoration to complete the project.
Paving on Grimes Road is scheduled to conclude today following the placement of the final top course of asphalt on the western (southbound) lane. Paving will begin around 12:30PM today, and Grimes Road will be closed to through traffic, traffic shall detour via Mt. Pleasant Road. The western (southbound) lane cannot be driven on while the asphalt cools. After the fresh asphalt has cooled the road will be opened to traffic, likely around 6:00PM or later, pending any delays with the placement of the asphalt and the forecasted warm weather conditions. The following properties will be inaccessible to vehicle traffic between 12:30PM and 6:00PM:
- 2716 Grimes Road-Davis
- 2700 Grimes Road-Gordon
- 2570 Grimes Road-Bauer
- 2340 Grimes Road-Guinan
- Farms and Vacant Properties west side of Grimes Road (Glenn, Bauer, and Tri-State)
There will be staff on-site throughout the day to assist with conflicts, coordination and assistance. If access or coordination is needed, please contact one of the following on-site contacts:
- Construction Inspector, Terry Belill (989) 996-5228
- Project Manager, Chris Mattson (989) 213-6365
- Drain Engineer, Angie Cosman (517) 719-5431
- Ingham County Deputy Drain Commissioner, Carla Clos (517) 719-4913
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.
All jack and bore crossings of petroleum pipelines are now concluded, with the completion of the Enbridge and Vector bores just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Lowe Construction was on-site to perform the work. A 48″ diameter steel pipe was bored under the oil and gas 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.
Preparations for cast-in-place concrete structures began immediately following the completion of the bore. These and other drainage structures, as well as storm sewer installation will take place next to connect the bored steel pipe to the already installed portion of the relocated Bauer Drain. All this work is in an effort to conclude major work items along Grimes Road before the end of 2021, weather dependent.
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.
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.
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.
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.