2021 Concrete Road Program #1

The project
SD provided full-time inspection and construction engineering services. The scope of work included the removal and replacement of 19,500 square yards of existing 8-inch concrete over 6-inch aggregate base, as well as 4,680 square yards of concrete driveways were removed and replaced. Additionally, 12,700 linear feet of edge drain under the back of curb was installed. Work included improvements in the Oakland County ROW where Spalding DeDecker was called upon to make design improvements in the field for sidewalks with very challenging existing grades, as well as constraints for existing structures and utility poles.

The SD design resulted in an improved sidewalk meeting ADA standards. Locations included: Aynsley Drive, Summit Court, Old Homestead Drive, Arbor Creek/Wedgewood/Chaffer Drive intersection, Cobridge Drive, Campus Road (Old Perch to Campus Court) & Campus Court, Sumac Drive, Munster Road eyebrow and Meadowbrook Drive.

The Challenge
It typically takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete both sides of the road and driveways. This greatly limits the residents’ access to their neighborhood. All vehicles must be removed from driveways prior to construction; driveways are inaccessible for about 3 weeks. This challenge makes safety and communication especially important in this type of project.

The Solution
SD worked closely with the City of Rochester Hills and the contractor to ensure that a communication plan was set in place before construction began. Once the project began, SD continued to inform the community on the progress of construction in their area. SD employed various methods of communication including print fliers, door hangers, email marketing software, dedicated webpage, zoom meeting for residents, along with regular communication with City officials and the contractors.

The Impact
With cooperation between all the involved parties, the project was completed within budget and in a timely manner. SD’s effort to ensure clear communication and transparency to the surrounding community laid the foundation for the successful and safe project completion.