Work continues on time and on budget on the 15 Mile Sewer repair project.
As of July 20, the crews digging the 300-foot-by-28-foot shaft have reached more than 50 feet down and are in the process of removing the collapsed pipe. This work is expected to continue through Aug. 1, at which point the operation will shift to installing the new pipe in replace of the collapsed section and lining an adjacent section of damaged pipe.
The replacement pipe and liner continues to arrive on site daily. The installation of the new pipe – comprised of a fiberglass and chemical polymer designed to last 200 years or more – is expected to be completed by Labor Day.
“The progress on this project is truly amazing,” said Macomb County Public Works Commissioner. “All of our partners in this project – the contractors, the other agencies of government, the suppliers and, of course, the businesses and neighbors who live and do business in that area – have just been incredibly focused on getting this job done right and at the least cost to the rate payers.”
Miller said the project continues to move toward a target of re-opening 15 Mile Road by early December and a completion of the work by the end of 2017.
The project’s total cost is $75 million. It is being paid for by $70 million in bonds financed by the Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District, which owns the 15 Mile sewer interceptor and by $5 million in state grants and loans.
The sewer collapse, under 15 Mile Road between Utica and Hayes roads, first occurred on Christmas Eve 2016.
Sewer Work Reaches Collapsed Pipe.
Work progresses in a shaft dug in 15 Mile Road, near Hayes Road, in Fraser. The shaft, 300-feet by 28-feet, is approaching depths of 60 feet. It was necessitated by the collapse of a sewer interceptor under the road on Christmas Eve 2016. The shaft excavation has now reach the top of the former sewer line, which is being removed and will be replaced.