Downtown business owners cope with the reconstruction project

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Broas, whose business currently doesn’t have a sidewalk in front of it, said crews were working diligently throughout the entire process. She also said that compared to having the whole street torn up, the sidewalk work is going much easier.

“It has been much easier than it was last fall,” Broas said “We were much more affected last fall than we were this spring.”

Pete Morden, a manager at Jumpin’ Java in downtown Grand Haven, said he has noticed things improving up as permanent sidewalks opened up in front of his business.

“Things have picked up over the last few days,” he said. “It looks good.”

He said the he and others at his business are eagerly awaiting the end of the project and the start of the summer season.

“We’re waiting for everything to be done and Memorial Day to be here,” he said.

According to the latest project update from Julie Beaton, the city’s special project manager, the construction team is making progress in the third block even with rainy weather. Crews are still on track for the top course of asphalt the week before Memorial Day.

“We did close the eastbound lane on Washington on Monday,” Beaton said.

She said this was done to facilitate work on the eastbound side of the street, and the street lane will likely be closed until the end of May when crews come in and put the final course of asphalt on Washington Avenue.

It’s also being reported that crews are working with the city to address concerns regarding trees blocking some of the stop signs, as well as working on other punch-list items such as putting permanent caulking in between concrete gaps downtown.

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