Dan’s Excavating Inc. – I-75 Reconstruction

Dans ExcavatingDEI’s work on I-75 in Monroe, Mich., has made traveling better for commuters.

By Alan Dorich

When people drive, they prefer roads that are smooth and without conditions that can cause accidents. Dan’s Excavating Inc. (DEI) recently helped the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) provide commuters with that feeling of safety with its Interstate-75 reconstruction project in Monroe, Mich.

The project, which carried a budget of more than $100 million, consisted of the removal and replacement of five miles of roadway and five bridges. According to DEI Vice President Dennis Rozanski, the roads had needed the work for a long time due to potholes. “The I-75 corridor is always looking to be expanded upon and improved on,” he says.Dans Excavating info box

DEI, which served as the prime contractor, oversaw the reconstruction of five bridges during the project, as well as interchange work. “MDOT is our biggest client,” Rozanski says, noting that the department has utilized DEI time and time again.

Staying on Schedule

DEI started construction on the I-75 project in June 2015 and finished this August. But the weather did not make it easy to maintain that schedule, Rozanski admits. “It’s been wet while we were doing bridge work,” he recalls. “But we were able to maintain progress even during the wet spring and the cold fall of last year.”

A key factor in staying on schedule, he notes, was maintaining close communication with its subcontractors. “[They] have worked closely with us,” he says, highlighting the work of C.A. Hull and Ajax Paving Industries. “[C.A.] did three of our five bridges and Ajax did all the paving.”

The end effect of the project, he notes, has been a safer freeway for travelers. “[There is] less potential for accidents due to roadway conditions and improved ramp alignments,” Rozanski says.

Keeping Busy

Based in Shelby Township, Mich., DEI has a project portfolio that also includes airports, site developments, electrical and pump stations. The company is the largest contractor of its type “in the state of Michigan,” Rozanski declares.

“We don’t shy away from complicated work,” he says. “We’ll look at jobs that are $100,000 to jobs that are endless in terms of dollars.”

DEI’s market is enjoying a boost, Rozanski says. “We’re seeing the cities starting to spend [more] money, which is creating more job opportunities,” he says. “The municipalities are putting out more work now than they have for the last five years.”

Rozanski, who has been with the company for 17 years, adds that DEI is blessed with a low turnover rate. “We’ve got people that have been here over 20 years,” he says, noting that it recently added some new hires.

DEI has nurtured its employees’ loyalty with its strong work environment. “We have good relationships between field and office employees,” he says.

It also provides them with up-to-date equipment. Recently, on the I-75 project, “We had two new excavators come out to that job,” he says, noting that the company also employed GPS-controlled dozers and graders.

Rozanski predicts growth for DEI. While the company plans to maintain its single office in Shelby Township, it will continue to “build our office staff and field staff, and perform more work,” he says.

Setting DEI Apart

DEI says it employs the best civil engineering, project management and administrative experts. “Charged with project accountability and responsibility, our team evaluates the project, develops the processes, manages the workload and equipment and effectively communicates with the owner,” DEI says. “Professionalism and performance in all aspects of the job are what set us apart from our competition.”

Passion also drives each project, it says. “DEI has been consistent since day one in its mission of demonstrating loyalty to a project and loyalty to each other,” the company states.

“It’s this type of employee allegiance and their collective industry knowledge that has resulted in the company’s construction versatility,” DEI says. “Of the thousands of projects undertaken by DEI, the company enjoys a highly deserved reputation of delivering quality workmanship and jobs that have been completed more often than not, ahead of time – never late.”

The company also makes sure to take care of its multi-million dollar fleet. “Each piece is thoroughly maintained in the company’s own shop by trained service technicians,” it says. “This translates into quality and reliability 24 hours a day, month after month, job after job.”


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