All Four Dams Under Construction
The Sanford Dam permit for restoration construction was approved Thursday, October 26th, by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. The construction crews are mobilizing and work is expected to start this week.
Working with Spence Brothers as the construction manager on Sanford, we completed the final round of biding the project by breaking it down into divisions. The bids are located here. While we reduced the cost by almost $10 million from previously-rejected estimates, the total project cost is approximately $90 million. This is $20 million over our planning estimate in May of 2022.
The project team at Secord is preparing to install deep foundation elements at Secord Dam in the form of micropiles. These micropiles will consist of a steel pipe, grout and reinforcing steel bars.
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The Tittabawassee River is back on course through the Sanford Dam, thanks to work recently completed by Fisher Contracting to construct a berm across the breach channel. This restored 100% of the flow of the Tittabawassee River through the newly constructed weir. Watch the video below for drone footage of the work. This is an important next step in preparing for dam restoration.
Tuesday, July 12, the Gladwin and Midland County Boards of Commissioners both unanimously approved the assessment roll for the Operations & Maintenance Assessment. The Commissioners also approved the Computation of Cost for Operations & Maintenance and the $250 million project cost estimate for restoring the four dams. The vote was an important step toward rebuilding the dams. The Operations & Maintenance Assessment is planned to appear on the December 2022 property tax bill.
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