Location: Various Locations near Kalamazoo, MI
The State of Michigan and MDOT awarded Smith’s Waterproofing the project to install high friction surface treatment on multiple accident-prone locations on the I-94/US-131 interchange, as well as, Gun Lake Casino ramp, Business Loop 94 or US-131, and main line I-94 (near Battle Creek, MI). Each location was chosen due to a fatality, which may have been prevented with a high friction surface treatment.
This project included use of Smith’s shotblasting crews to surface prep the areas to a CSP 3 before crews applied the high friction surface treatment. Crews worked around the clock to complete the project, which was in high traffic areas. Night work was required to reduce the impact on traffic and meet the completion deadline.
Smith’s setup a temporary yard in Kalamazoo to store trucks, equipment, and material. The temporary yard was strategically chosen in close proximity to each worksite, which increased productivity to meet the project deadline. The location of the shop also minimized time spent traveling to each location and maximized working hours for each crew.
US-131 and I-94 were partially shut down during peak travel season as a result of the project. To minimize the effects of construction and expedite the completion, Smith’s crews worked around the clock to complete the installation of 72,000 square feet of high friction surface treatment. Twenty-four men were assigned to the day crew on the US-131 interchange project. This project was completed with a partial shutdown of the ramps and included shifting the lane closure. The US-131/I-94 portion of the project was completed 12 hours ahead of schedule.
- 218,040 square feet of high friction surface treatment
- Completed 28% under the engineer estimate
- No accidents or injuries
- Completed ahead of schedule