When the City of Detroit was chosen to host the 2005 World Series and the 2006 Super Bowl, Ajax was awarded the $44.4 million contract to repave the I-94 and I-96 highways. When 14 miles of Southeastern Michigan’s heavily commuted M-10 freeway needed repaving and bridge repairs, Ajax was chosen once again. But Michigan isn’t our only area of operations. Florida, Indiana, Ohio… with a reputation for getting work done on time, within budget, and with exceptional results, Ajax is proud to be called upon to complete many of the country’s most challenging concrete jobs.

Featured Project:

Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility
Rossville, TN

On July 1, 2012, Norfolk Southern opened the first new intermodal terminal…read more

Airport Projects

Airport Client List:

  • Airports including
    • Detroit Metro Airport
    • Gerald R. Ford International
  • Automakers including
    • Chrysler LLC
    • General Motors
    • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • General Contractors
  • Michigan city and county agencies
  • Test Track owners
  • Shopping center developers
  • Subdivision developers

Featured Projects

Other Airport Projects

Michigan

Pellston Airport – Pellston, 2004, 42,980.00syd
Selfridge ANG Base – Mt. Clemens, 2002, 90,250.00syd
Bishop International – Flint, 1997, 28,000.00syd
Mackinac Co. – Mackinac, 1998, 51,300.00syd
Livingston County – Howell, 2005, 55,600.00syd

Florida

Sanford Orlando International – Sanford, 2007, 71,100.00syd
Williston International – Williston, 2006, 77,000.00syd
Fernandina Beach Municipal – Fernandina, 2003, 72,500.00syd
Tampa International – Tampa, 2008, 65,500.00syd

Ohio

Toledo Express – Toledo, 2004, 26,800.00syd
Chia Deicing Facility – Cleveland, 2002, 135,900.00syd

Indiana

Fort Wayne Air Guard Base – Fort Wayne, 2003, 70,150.00syd
Fort Wayne International – Fort Wayne, 2006, 62,830.00syd

Highway Projects

Highway Client List:

  • Airports including
    • Detroit Metro Airport
    • Gerald R. Ford International
  • Automakers including
    • Chrysler LLC
    • General Motors
    • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • General Contractors
  • Michigan city and county agencies
  • Test Track owners
  • Shopping center developers
  • Subdivision developers

Featured Projects

The Southfield Freeway: A Prize Winning Project

Southeastern Michigan

The Southfield Freeway, or M-39, is a part of the commuting route of thousands of Southeast Michigan residents and stretches past residential areas almost alone its entire length. So when it was time to rebuild three miles of the concrete highway between McNichols and 9 Mile Rd., the Michigan Department of Transportation put in place an aggressive schedule, and exacting standards on noise control.

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Ajax Paving Industries was prepared to meet both challenges head on.

Ajax performed exhaustive tests for more than two months before the project the ensure that noise levels were well within the limits designated by the state, and they put together a rigorous work schedule to meet the Oct. 1 open to traffic date required by MDOT.

A 60-person work team was assembled, working seven days a week to repave the aging highway and to reconstruct 24 bridges along its span.

Ajax not only put down 77,000 cubic yards of concrete, but also managed to complete the project ahead of time. The Freeway opened to traffic more than two weeks ahead of schedule — a boon to commuters and residents alike — and exceeded ride quality requirements set by the state.

The project brought home the Michigan Concrete Association’s Award of Excellence for Ajax in 2011.

Ajax Paves the Way to Michigan’s Picturesque West Coast

Oceana County, Michigan

When Michigan’s summer approaches, the migration of tourists and the business they bring from the Southeast side of the state “up north” is anticipated by a string of communities every year. So when one of the major arteries that carries them required repaving, speed and precision were paramount.

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Ajax Paving Industries started work in late April to repave nearly six miles of U.S.-31, from Polk Road to the North Branch of the Pentwater River Bridge in Oceana County. The project was expected to span over the entire summer with completion scheduled for Oct. 31 – in other words, during peak tourist season.”The biggest concern of the Michigan Department of Transportation, local residents and businesses was to allow traffic, and tourists, to get through with limited interference,” said Ajax Project Manager Hugh Luedke.Ajax created a 24-hour work schedule with two crews to break apart the existing road and recycle it for the new base. The company flexed its expertise by coming up with creative solutions to work faster, without compromising quality.Part of the project involved rebuilding one of the highway’s busiest exit ramps – something that would typically take about 30 days to accomplish. Ajax finished the exit in 11 days.

“We were creative in our approach,” Luedke said. “Normally we would make an initial pass and build on that. With this ramp, we broke it up into two different stages, so that we could accelerate the second stage and create an overlap of work activities.”

Ajax’s speed and skill allowed for an early completion of the project as a whole.The six-mile stretch completed by Ajax reopened without any restrictions on Oct. 11, a full 26 days ahead of the scheduled completion date of Nov. 7.”Our crews are really dedicated to their work,” Luedke said. “And every effort was made to not impact the motoring public.”

20th Annual ACPA Excellence in Concrete Pavement Gold Award Winner

US-131 Concrete Overlay, Kent County, Mich

The Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT’s) final link in the improvements on U.S. 131 from Ann Street in Grand Rapids to 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs was a 6.5 in. concrete overlay project of 26 lane miles of the highway.

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The U.S. 131 corridor north of Grand Rapids has experienced tremendous growth, and following that growth, traffic volumes have increased significantly.One of the challenges of this project was a bridge over 6 Mile Road on southbound US-131. The bridge is narrow and was not able to handle conventional construction traffic configurations. The project used MDOT’s split/merge traffic plan, which enabled two lanes of traffic to be maintained in each direction.There was a considerable effort to correct the old roadway’s parabolic surface, superelevation, and crown-cross slope to bring the road up to current standards.Ajax Paving Industries, Inc. placed the 6. 5 in. unbonded concrete overlay on the existing 40-yr-old concrete pavement, using a 1 in. asphalt separator layer. The original pavement was on a 6 in. aggregate sub-base on 12 in. of sand sub-base. Some full-depth reconstruction was required at areas under bridges where the roadway passed over the freeway or transitioned down to bridge decks on the freeway and over streams or local roads. (The areas requiring reconstruction used 10.5 in. of concrete.)A Shilstone-type well-graded concrete mixture, with three aggregates, was used. The mixture, which contained 40% slag cement, used only 294 lb/cu. yd. of portland cement.

Prior to beginning the paving, the contractor identified areas on the existing pavement that had “tented” because of incompressibles in the old pavement joints, and improper expansion joint maintenance during the life of the original jointed reinforced concrete pavement.. The repairs had to be made in a manner that the additional traffic from the traffic control switch would not degrade the roadway during construction.

The peak-hour traffic was very high, because the highway is used as a commuter route and a weekend destination route to northern areas of Michigan. The contractor handled all of the challenges presented on this project.

M-59 Corridor

Oakland County, MI

M-59 Road Reconstruction relieves bottleneck on primary road project

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Sheena Harrison

A $56-million federal stimulus fund allocation opened the door for a vital project to alleviate bottlenecks on M-59, a Michigan state highway with increasing traffic volumes.Ajax Paving Inc., with Dan’s Excavating Inc., are working to complete a resurfacing, reconstruction and widening project on 5.6 miles of M-59 between Crooks and Ryan roads, a major east-west commuter route between Oakland and Macomb counties. Along with expanding the road from four to six lanes, the completed M-59 project will include placing a barrier between eastbound and westbound traffic, replacing storm sewers, reconstructing 16 ramps and rebuilding or rehabilitating nine bridges along the route.The M-59 expansion was a critical project for the Michigan Department of Transportation since congested traffic was hindering travel throughout Rochester Hills, Troy, Sterling Heights and Shelby Township. The road carries an average of 79,900 eastbound vehicles and 83,000 westbound vehicles each day, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

I-94 and I-96 Corridors

Southeastern Michigan

When the City of Detroit was chosen to host the 2005 World Series and the 2006 Super Bowl, Ajax was awarded the $44.4 million contract to repave the I-94 and I-96 highways – two well-traveled corridors that connect Downtown Detroit with the Detroit Metro Airport. Four portable concrete plants were used in the project.

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1.45 million square yards of concrete pavement 5-year pavement materials and workmanship warranties Ajax received full incentive for timely completion and quality. Paving quality was recognized by the local concrete paving association.

M-10 – The Lodge Freeway

Southeastern Michigan

Ajax was awarded four paving contracts and one bridge rehab project that covered over 14 miles of heavily traveled freeway. The total value was $25 million and the project was completed in 80 calendar days.

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Ajax’s onsite portable concrete plant produced 160,000 cubic yards. 775,000 square yards of concrete pavement was used. 5-year pavement materials and workmanship warranties. Ajax received full incentive for timely completion and quality.

Other Highway Projects:

Southeast Michigan

Davison Freeway – Detroit, 1997, 150,700.00syd
I-75 – Monroe, 1997, 157,500.00syd
I-75, Schaefer to Clark – Detroit, 1998, 169,100.00syd
I-75, Clark to I-375 – Detroit, 1999, 250,565.00syd
M-5 – Novi, 1998-1999, 225,565.00syd
M-14 – Ann Arbor, 2000, 109,400.00syd
M-39, Southfield Freeway – Dearborn, 2001, 209,600.00syd
I-75 – Flint, 2002-2003, 463,500.00syd
I-94 – Romulus, 2003, 86,000.00syd
I-94 – Port Huron, 2006, 296,700.00syd
I-75 – Woodhaven, 2007, 350,100.00syd

Southwest Michigan

I-96/M-6 Interchange – Kent County, 2001, 94,100.00syd
US-131 – Kent County, 2001, 332,200.00syd
US-131/M-6 Interchange – Kent County, 2002-2003, 452,400.00syd
M-6 – Kent County, 2004, 392,600.00syd
I-96 – Ottawa County, 2004, 392,600.00syd
US-131/I-296 – Kent County, 2005, 175,200.00syd
36th Street – Kent County, 2005, 65,400.00syd
I-96 – Kent County, 2005-2006, 475,170.00syd
I-94 – Kalamazoo, 2007, 241,600.00syd
US-131 – Kent County, 2007-2008, 342,500.00syd

Central Michigan

US-27 – Clinton County, 1997, 146,550.00syd
I-94 – Van Buren County, 2000, 312,300.00syd
I-69 – Eaton County, 2000, 628,500.00syd
I-94 – Calhoun County, 2007, 111,300.00syd

Indiana

I-69 – Fort Wayne, 2004, 296,700.00syd