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Phase 1 of Grand Ave. project nearly done

Alex Doty • Aug 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

A summer-long reconstruction project of Grand Avenue is winding its way toward the finish line.

City officials say that the top course of asphalt is expected to be placed on the first phase of the street work, located between Doris Avenue and Harbor Drive, next week.

“The main thing to note is that the day we pave will be a day that the road will be closed,” Grand Haven Project Manager Julie Beaton said. “More so and longer than when the base (asphalt layer) was placed.”

The road has been closed to through-traffic for the summer, with the exception of residents who have window stickers on their cars to indicate that they live inside the construction zone.

Workers have been busy repairing and replacing water and sewer lines, improving drainage, and making other pedestrian and streetscape changes.

Other work set to take place over the next several weeks includes restoration along the project route, making electrical connections to pedestrian crossing signal pedestals at the intersection of Grand and Dale Court, the placement of regulatory traffic signs, and the installation of new guardrail at Grand and Harbor.

The following week, beginning Aug. 21, crews are expected to perform pavement marking/striping, further site restoration and a “punch list” walkthrough of the project. Beaton noted that these final tasks should lead to the barricades coming down and the road opening back up to the public.

“We need to have all regulatory signs in place and complete the pavement marking/striping, and compete tasks that require construction activities/equipment within the roadway,” she said. “This section of Grand will be open to all when it is deemed safe by the city and engineer for the people working on the project, the residents and all vehicular traffic.”

Beaton noted that the segment of the road at the east end of the phase 1 project limits near Doris will look temporary even after the road reopens this fall.

“We will be using temporary asphalt and concrete to protect the areas that have been restored as a part of phase 1, and will ‘finish’ the east end of phase 1 during phase 2 of the project,” she said.

The second phase of the project will involve reconstruction of streets and utilities between Doris and Sheldon Road. It is scheduled to begin next spring.

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