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15 Mile Road Sewer Repair Wins National Award


The Macomb County Public Works Office is making a clean sweep of engineering awards for the successful completion of the 15 Mile Road Sewer Collapse Repair in 2017.

The project, which took just over 11 months and near $75 million to complete, will be awarded the American Public Works Association’s national project of the year award this summer.

“While no one ever hopes to be faced with a catastrophe of the magnitude that we had with the sinkhole on 15 Mile Road, our team of engineers, construction managers, contractors and all those who were involved in this project are rightly proud of the work that they accomplished. It was not an easy job, but from the start the people on this job were committed to doing it right. It was the epitome of the word ‘team,’” said Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller. “To now see our engineers and the engineering firms that we brought on board be honored by their professional peers is very gratifying.”

The APWA national award – Project of the Year in the Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair, $25 to $75 Million category – will be awarded in Kansas City in July. The APWA’s Michigan chapter had previously named the Sewer Collapse Repair as its project of the year.

The project’s lead engineer was the firm of Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick and the lead construction firm was Dan’s Excavating. Both companies are based in Shelby Township. The lead internal project managers on the repair job were MCPWO employees Vince Astorino and Evans Bantios.

“There wasn’t a single person on this job who did not pull his or her own weight. While there were certainly some sleepless nights as we initially responded to this emergency, it quickly became clear that we had the right team in place,” Miller said.

Other honors for the 15 Mile Road project include:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Southeastern Michigan Branch and Michigan Section, “Outstanding Civil Engineer Project of the Year;”
  • American Council of Engineering Companies, Michigan Division,  “Engineering Merit Award;”
  • Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners, “Innovation & Excellence Award.”

The county drain association also awarded MCPWO an honorable mention award for work being done to enhance the Clinton River Spillway in Clinton and Harrison townships.

Photo Caption: Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller and Lou Urban, a civil engineer with the Shelby Township-based firm AEW, accept awards from the state chapter of the American Public Works Association for "Project of the Year" in recognition of work done on the 15 Mile Road Sewer Interceptor Repair project in late 2016 and 2017. Urban was the lead contract engineer on the project. Miller's Public Works team owns the 15 Mile Road interceptor and oversaw the 11-month, $75 million repair work. The APWA also named the repair its national project of the year; that award will be presented in July.