Nicholson Joins Railroad Bridge Repair Project for Michigan Department of Transportation

February 7, 2022
Kalamazoo, MI

Geotechnical specialty engineering and construction contractor Nicholson Construction is joining The Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) railroad bridge replacement project in Jackson,  MI.  

As part of the $19.7 million project, two 100-year-old railroad bridges over Jackson and Mechanic Streets in the City of Jackson will be replaced. The project also includes rebuilding hundreds of feet of retaining wall and improving safety and mobility for motorist, pedestrian and rail traffic.

The bridges are on a  segment of railroad owned by MDOT, within the federally designated high-speed rail corridor between Chicago and Detroit. The corridor supports Amtrak passenger service and Norfolk Southern freight trains.

The General Contractor for the project, Anlaan, selected Nicholson to be their dedicated specialty subcontractor. Nicholson’s work includes the installation of micropiles to support the new bridge abutments and permanent soil anchors as part of the new earth retention walls used to raise the existing railroad grade, which will increase the clearance for vehicles.

“Bringing our engineering and construction experience to our own back yard to strengthen local infrastructure is one of the best parts of what we do,” said Dan Thome, P.E., Senior Vice President, Nicholson’s Central Region. “We’re always proud of the work we do in the communities where our employees live.”

Nicholson’s work on the project will be completed in November of 2022.

**Photo courtesy of Michigan.Gov

About Nicholson Construction Company

Nicholson has been both a leader and an innovator in the geotechnical construction industry for more than 60 years. With regional offices across the country and headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Nicholson is a nationally renowned specialty contractor, offering proven expertise in the design and installation of deep foundation elements, earth retention systems and ground treatment solutions. We pride ourselves on our ability to consistently provide our clients with innovative, high-quality design-build options for projects of varying size and complexity. Nicholson is the North American subsidiary of Soletanche Bachy, one of the world's leading geotechnical contractors, and is part of a global network of unparalleled geotechnical resources and expertise.