Construction starts on USD 1.4 bn highway project in USA

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Construction starts on USD 1.4 bn highway project in USA

John Laing, part of Oakland Corridor Partners (OCP), has announced the scheduled start of construction on August 12, for the I-75 Highway Modernization Segment 3 Project, first Interstate Highway Design-Build-Finance-Maintain contract in Michigan, USA.

The project goal is to improve a 5.5 mile (8.85km) section of interstate highway through Oakland County. Segment 3 is the final piece of the almost 18 mile (29 km) MDOT I-75 Modernization Program. OCP has partnered with Michigan Department of Transporation (MDOT) on this vital project and through their innovative contracting approach, the OPC plans to bring final completion of the facility ten years earlier than previously planned.

Oakland Corridor Partners is a consortium of construction, engineering, asset management and investment firms including John Laing, AECOM Capital and Dan’s Excavating, Jay Dee and Ajax Paving Industries, who have joined together to partner with MDOT on this project. MI 75 Constructors - the Design-Build Contractor - consists of four local S.E. Michigan contractors: Dan’s Excavating, Ajax Paving Industries, Jay Dee and C.A. Hull who will self-perform over 90% of the work.

Segment 3 includes the reconstruction of a 5.5-mile (8.85km) section of the I-75 corridor from 8 Mile to just north of 13 Mile Road as well as construction of a new 4-mile (6.4 km) long, 14-feet (4.27) wide storage and drainage tunnel. 2019 construction to include pavement widening, traffic crossovers, the removal of the Dallas Road overpass and other related work to prepare for the 2020 construction season.

Project to be fully completed by August 2023 when OCP takes over full responsibility for the maintenance of the highway for 25 years.

Total 30-year project cost in year-of-expenditure dollars including preventative maintenance is US$ 1.4 billion.

“We are proud to be able to work together with MDOT to improve safety and ease congestion through this corridor,” said David Nachman, CEO of Oakland Corridor Partners. “Many of our team members are local firms who are excited to be investing in Michigan to bring critical infrastructure to their communities. We are also thrilled to know we will remain in the community well after construction, preserving and maintaining the roadway. We are fully committed to the investment we have made in this project and our partnership with MDOT.”

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