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North Shore fix on the horizon

Alex Doty • Apr 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Planning could soon begin for the proposed reconstruction of North Shore Drive next year.

“It’s a joint venture between the City of Ferrysburg and the City of Grand Haven to construct it,” Grand Haven Public Works Director Derek Gajdos said.

According to Gajdos, the project would be done in partnership with Ferrysburg during the 2019 construction season. The joint venture would be beneficial for residents along the street, he noted, as well as a potentially cost-saving move for each municipality.

On Monday night, Grand Haven City Council will be asked to consider a resolution to approve engineering services with Prein & Newhof of Muskegon to design and engineer the project. A $283,200 contract, the cost would be split between the two communities — with Grand Haven paying $183,900 and Ferrysburg chipping in $99,300.

The project would consist of reconstruction of the roadway and the addition of bike lanes within Grand Haven city limits. No sanitary sewer work will take place, and minor water main work is expected.

Grand Haven’s portion of the project has an approximate Iength of 5,250 linear feet, with a total estimated project budget of a little more than $1.4 million.

“It is almost exactly a mile,” Gajdos noted.

The Ferrysburg portion is roughly a half-mile, stretching from the Grand Haven/Ferrysburg border north toward North Beach Park.

The project is a joint-funded venture with the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Transportation Improvement Program, Gajdos said. Funding for Grand Haven is appropriated in the state's Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget, while Ferrysburg will be appropriated in the state's 2019-20 budget, meaning that Ferrysburg is pre-constructing their portion of the project to coincide with the city’s work.

“We’re going to do it (in 2019) and then be reimbursed,” Gajdos explained.

The project is scheduled to be designed this year, then bidding would be completed by January 2019. Construction is slated for the spring and fall of 2019.

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