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20 August 2019

Michigan State road rebuild contract starting

First published20/08/2019

Road rebuilding is due to start on a key road project in Michigan State in the US. Oakland Corridor Partners (OCP) is starting construction work for the I-75 Modernisation Segment 3 Project. The project is of note as this is the first design-build-finance-maintain contract (DBFM) for an Interstate project in Michigan.

The Segment 3 contract for I-75 involves improving an 8.8km section of interstate highway through Oakland County. Segment 3 is the final piece of the 29km MDOT I-75 modernisation programme. OCP has partnered with MDOT on this vital project and through our innovative contracting approach, will bring final completion 10 years earlier than previously planned.

Improving this stretch of highway will improve transport to and from Detroit. The I-75 route is an important one as it connects the US state of Michigan with Canada then winds southwards through Cincinnati in Ohio, Atlanta in Georgia and Tampa in Florida before eventually terminating in Miami, Florida where it meets I-95.

Oakland Corridor Partners is a consortium of construction, engineering, asset management and investment firms comprising, AECOM Capital, Ajax Paving Industries, Dan’s Excavating, Jay Dee & CA and John Laing. The firms have joined forces to partner with MDOT on this project. MI 75 Constructors is the Design-Build Contractor and consists of four local SE Michigan contractors; Dan’s Excavating, Ajax Paving Industries, Jay Dee who will carry out over 90% of the work.

Segment 3 includes the reconstruction of an 8.8km section of the I-75 corridor from 8 Mile to just north of 13 Mile Road as well as the construction of a new 6.4km long, 4.3m wide storage and drainage tunnel.

For 2019 the construction work will include pavement widening, traffic crossovers, the removal of the Dallas Road overpass and other related work to prepare for the 2020 construction season. The project is to be fully completed by August 2023 when OCP takes over full responsibility for the maintenance of the highway for 25 years.

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