Fisher Contracting Repairs of US-10 and M-30 Bridges in Midland, MI after 500-year Flood and Dam Failures
On May 19, Midland County and the surrounding area was inundated with flood waters as heavy rainfall and two subsequent dam failures took place over the course of just a couple days. The news of the severe 500-year flooding made National headlines. Two critical roadways, one US Highway 10 and one state highway M-30 were washed out during the floods, compounding the logistical issues of responding to the flood.
The Michigan Department of Transportation awarded an emergency contract to repair the damage from flooding at the US-10 bridges over Sanford Lake in Midland County. A Midland firm, Fisher Contracting, was the low bidder at $1.78M. Crews from Fisher have begun work, less than four full days after the flooding occurred. U.S. 10 is a vital commercial corridor in the region. Work was completed by mid-June.
On June 29, a $1.4 million contract to begin debris removal for two bridge locations on the M-30 trunkline began (over the Tittabawassee and Tobacco Rivers). Debris removal included trees, roots, bridge fragments and other materials washed down the river during the flood, MDOT stated. Fisher also stabilized the west slope of the bridge and armored the riverbed bottom and piers with riprap.
Work began for a second $1.2 million emergency contract on Aug 3. MDOT stated between 8,000 and 11,000 vehicles used the roadway on a daily basis. After four months of reconstruction work organized between MDOT and Midland-based Fisher Contracting, the section of M-30 over the Tittabawassee River in Edenville was reopened to traffic on Sept. 18. Fisher is also in process of repairing a segment of M-30 over the Tobacco River also damaged in the flood.
Fisher Contracting Company is a heavy/highway civil contractor, dedicated to quality, customer satisfaction, and safety. Since 1957, we have put our experienced staff to work on a wide-variety of civil infrastructure projects, projects including site development, landfills, underground utilities, road construction/reconstruction, demolition, and environmental remediation. We perform work for a variety of federal, state, municipal, and private clients in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and other surrounding states. Our Main Office is located in Midland, MI and our Southern Division is located in Franklin, KY. Fisher Contracting is a proud member of the Fisher Companies.
John Waskevich is an Estimator/Project Manager for Fisher Contracting and was the coordinator for these projects. I have 20 years of experience in heavy civil construction. Born and raised in Midland Michigan. I have a degree in Construction Management from Ferris State University. I traveled the first 8 years of my career supporting large heavy civil marine projects in Illinois, Texas, New York, and Vermont. My responsibilities include the life cycle of a project: finding and marketing potential opportunities, estimating, creating proposals, negotiating contracts, organizing the team to build the project, and project management for the execution of the project. He will tell us about the damage to the US-10 and M-30 structures and how they repaired these under heavy timeline pressure. He may be joined by J.W. Fisher who is the President of Fisher Contracting if he is available. J.W. is currently a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. He also serves as a member on the Board of Directors for several of the Fisher Companies operations. He exercises owner-control and provides the heavy-civil work knowledge he has gained over 35 years at Fisher Cont
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