Macomb County Public Works Director Candice Miller, Rep. Pete Lucido, AEW Exec. VP Scott Lockwood, Rep. Triston Cole, County Exec. Mark Hackel, MDOT Director Kirk Steudle, state and local officials gathered at the Green Lantern Pizza and Lounge in Clinton Twp. to begin the Feb. 10 tour.
State Rep. Pete Lucido, 36th District, and Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller organized a first-hand look at the 15 Mile Interceptor Collapse and invited other legislators and officials to participate in the tour and presentation. Joining in were Rep. Triston Cole, Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in addition to serving on the Judiciary, Energy Policy and Michigan Competitiveness Committees, and Kirk Steudle, Michigan Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) Director. Also attending were Reps. William Sowerby, Jeff Yaroch, Steve Marino, Henry Yanez, Pamela Hornberger, Sen. Tory Rocca, County Executive Mark Hackel, Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols, Clinton Twp. Supervisor Bob Cannon, Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool, Deputy Public Works Commissioners Brian Baker and Tony Forlini, Fraser Public Works Superintendent Bernard J. Van Fleteren, and Deputy County Executive Kathy Bartz.
AEW’s Scott Lockwood led the visiting dignitaries exploring the interceptor collapse site on a very chilly February afternoon.
Macomb Dept. of Roads Director Bryan Santo, Community Relations Coordinator Vince Viviano, Rep. William Sowerby, and County Executive Mark Hackel.
Attendees were updated by Commissioner Miller and AEW’s Project Manager Louis Urban on progress to date, which has been quite significant when one remembers that the collapsing interceptor was first noticed in the early morning hours of Dec. 24. Mid-term bypass pumping is now being supplemented and replaced with long-term pipe and pump installation, which is anticipated to be completed by the end of February/first week of March.
Louis Urban, AEW’s Project Manager for the Interceptor Collapse project, updated the gathering on the current status of the project.
Bids are being solicited for various phases of the project as it moves forward, and county officials are lobbying state legislators for funding assistance for this huge infrastructure repair project. Repairs may include relining the balance of the 11-foot diameter, 4.3 mile interceptor with “HOBAS,” pipe that is made of centrifugally cast fiberglass reinforced polymer mortar (CCFRPM).
The new, highly reliable composite pipe would actually be inserted into the current concrete piping to promote longevity and security for the interceptor and the 11 communities it serves. This graphic illustrates the makeup of the piping: