US-12 Wastewater Improvements
Project Background and Need:
This project will design and construct a new interceptor sewer to address deteriorating conditions and capacity constraints within Pittsfield Charter Township’s wastewater collection system. The route of the new proposed sewer is shown in the map below with large sections along Munger Road, Crane Road, Textile Road, Michigan Avenue, and Platt Road. It will be designed to address the structural integrity and capacity concerns of the system while increasing operational efficiency with the elimination of three existing pump stations along the route. Sections of the existing sewer along Michigan Avenue not requiring replacement will be lined with Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) to extend the useful life of the pipe with minimal intrusion.
Starting in 2015, using grant funding through the State’s Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) Program, Pittsfield Charter Township assessed the capacity and condition of the existing wastewater collection system. This work identified significant sections of the system along Michigan Avenue that require immediate attention due to poor pipe condition and lack of future capacity. The Michigan Avenue section is a major artery for the collection system, as it carries over 60% of the Township’s wastewater.
Pittsfield Charter Township is in the process of applying for a State of Michigan Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Loan to fund this project. The CWSRF is a low-interest loan financing program that assists local municipalities with the construction of needed water pollution control facilities. View the draft copy of the CWSRF project plan.
To minimize resident impacts, portions of the sewer construction will occur in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Michigan Avenue Corridor Infrastructure Improvements Project. Additional information about MDOT’s project can be found on the Township Website.
On February 10, 2021, the Pittsfield Charter Township Board of Trustees authorized the Township Supervisor and Clerk to enter into an agreement with Stantec Consulting Michigan, Inc. (Stantec) for design services related to the Michigan Avenue Sewer Rehabilitation Project. Design has started and will continue through the end of 2021. The project will be advertised for bid in late 2021 with the anticipation of starting construction in Spring of 2022.
The first public engagement meeting as part of the CWSRF loan funding process is scheduled for May 26th at 6:00 PM at the Pittsfield Township Hall. A link to the public hearing notice and presentation is provided below. Advance notification will be posted to the website with instructions on how to attend the meeting.
A second meeting will be held Summer 2021 to discuss further details of the proposed project construction impacts.
Impact to Pittsfield residents during design phase in 2021 will be minimal. Residents can expect small crews along the new sewer path to complete minimally invasive work, including survey, soil borings, and environmental assessments.
Construction impacts will include disruptions such as noise, dust and road closures as the installation of the sewer requires large open cut excavations. Textile and Crane Roads will be closed to thru traffic during construction of those portions of the sewer. Traffic along Platt Road will be impacted by bypass pumping equipment and construction crews on the east side of the road. Advance notifications and detour routes will be posted to alert local traffic.
Additional detailed resident impacts will be identified as the project design process proceeds.