Michels at helm of fast-paced interstate project
Michels crews are putting their experience at dealing with demanding schedules and challenging conditions to test on a fast-paced Mega Project for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Michels is rebuilding and widening 11.1 miles of interstate highway in Racine and Kenosha counties. Michels Highways is managing both the 4.4-mile Central and 6.7-mile South segments, and is working on them simultaneously. The heavily traveled route is already the main link between Chicago and Milwaukee, and will only get busier when the Foxconn manufacturing campus brings an estimated 13,000 jobs to the area. When Michels is finished with the I-94 project, the roadway will be expanded from three lanes in each direction to four lanes plus widened shoulders.
In 2018, Michels completed and opened three northbound lanes along the entire route. In 2019, the crews will complete the southbound lanes and four interchanges by the end of the year.
During peak paving operations, Michels has two large mainline crews and two smaller crews working along the project. Those crews are working in close coordination with many other divisions and subcontractors, maintaining the project schedule. Orchestrating the necessary sequence of work requires great planning and precision. Michels must allocate space and access for each construction operation that needs to occur within the long, narrow zone.
The main ingredient in the project’s success has been the crew members who are working long hours under live traffic to stay safe and on schedule.
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