Michigan Concrete Association Award – Urban Arterials <30,000 yds.
The Rochester Road project was a significant project for the City of Rochester because of the impact it had on many of the businesses along this main street corridor. Angelo Iafrate Construction Company faced many challenges with this project as it was very complex from a design, staging and traffic control perspective. Unique features on the project included the removal and replacement of the circa 1890 water main, vibration monitoring for centennial main street buildings, excavation of an Indian skeleton archeological site, abandonment of an old coal bin and strict scheduling requirements for full closures during construction phases. The new streetscape infrastructure included a sprinkler system,decorative lighting and conduit system underneath an exposed aggregate sidewalk, and required major coordination and troubleshooting to fit into the existing tight area. All of this was to be achieved while the local community events occurred throughout the year.
A major key to the success of this project was the excellent coordination between Iafrate’s paving crew, the QC testing firm and the concrete supplier, Superior Materials. On many occasions, aggregate sampling and testing for a second consecutive day’s pour would have to occur late in the evening of the night prior to the pour, in order to complete MDOT’s testing and documentation requirements. This resulted in many late nights for the testing team members.
Due to the impact of this project on the community, a major media blitz was initiated by both MDOT and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Weekly meetings took place to get everyone up to speed on the construction progress. This information was then conveyed via website, local media, weekly newsletters and Facebook to the community. A store front within the project limits was also leased and the project limits, as well as historical artifacts found during construction, were visible for people to look.