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Digging Deep on State Street

July 1, 2015

Project: State Street in Charlevoix, Michigan
Challenge: Three city blocks; 20 ft. depths; utility conflicts; Granular sands.
Solution: Block by block staging; trench box technology; experienced crew; City of Charlevoix Assistance.

Owner: Michigan Department of Transportation
Contract Amount: $1,033,907.00
Design Engineer: Jim Maldewitz
Location: Charlevoix, Michigan
Date Started: April 2015
Date Completed: July 2015
Self Performed: 73%
Partners: Payne & Dolan, J. Ranck Electric, Ryan Brother

Spring and early summer 2015 saw Team Elmer's working in downtown Charlevoix, where an MDOT project called for a major project on a key city street. The project demanded the replacement of water and sewer lines for a three-block stretch of the city's State Street. While the work didn't put Team Elmer's on Bridge Street -- Charlevoix's busy main drag -- it did place is just one block over on another busy road. 

The location of the project brought the first challenge: with Team Elmer's setting up shop on State Street for the start of Charlevoix's busy summer season. We had to figure out a way to do the work with minimal interruption to the surrounding town. State Street may not house as many restaurants ot tourist shops as Bridge Street, but it does house City Hall, the county building, and the fire department. It was essential for Team Elmer's to keep these high-profile buildings accessible during the project's three-month schedule.

The solution to that particular hurdle was to perform the project in stages. Rather than excavating the entire road from one end to the other, Team Elmer's went block by block, removing asphalt, curb, gutter, and existing pipe and sewer structures. This division of the project allowed other segments and buildings along the road to remain open and accessible while crews continued to work.

The main hurdle of the project wasn't the summer crowds, though. Rather, the biggest challenge Team Elmer's faced on the particular job was the depth of the excavation. Charlevoix's exisiting sanitary sewer and water main systems were extremely deep in the ground -- even reaching depths of 20 feet in some spots. The City of Charlevoix wanted construction compatitbility with the exisiting system, requiring Team Elmer's to keep the new installations 20 feet down as well.

The depth of the removals and installations created extra risks that wouldn't be presented in a standard four or five-foot deep water and sewer project. In particular, Team Elmer's kept running into utility conflicts and even had to redesign certain parts of the project in the field in order to circumvent those conflicts. Luckily the City of Charlevoix and a few local subcontractors were able to lend a hand, warn our team about certain obstables and provide helpful advice to keep the project rolling past challenges.


By the Numbers

  • 8,009 square yards of gravel
  • 9,612 square feet of sidewalk
  • 3,098 feet curb & gutter
  • 830 square feet of brick pavers
  • 1,696 square feet of segmented retaining wall
  • 3,326 feet of piping

Click here to download the full PDF for "Charlevoix State Street"


 

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