Exchange Street reopens today

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

The $223,000 Safe Routes to School grant also paid for flashing signs on Savidge Street, east and west of Maple Terrace; and about a mile of new sidewalks in the village. Sidewalks were added along Fruitport Road from Lakeside Trail south to River Street, River Street west to Lake Avenue, Prospect from Savidge to Exchange, and South Street from Meridian to Spring Lake Middle School.

The project began June 20.

“Everything was on time and it looks like it will be under budget,” Village Manager Ryan Cotton said.

Village President Bill Filber, who discovered the Safe Routes to School grant program five years ago, said he looks forward to a more pedestrian-friendly community.

“With the bumpouts, it makes it a little bit safer for students on their way to Holmes and St. Mary’s (schools),” Filber said. “That’s the bottom line of the whole deal — it’s safer for pedestrians. Council for a long time has dreamed and tried to add sidewalks. These are a great addition.”

As Exchange Street opens, Liberty Street will close. Cotton said the Liberty Street neighborhood is undergoing water line upgrades.

The construction is expected to be wrapped up by the end of September. In the meantime, Liberty Street traffic will be detoured to M-104, according to Cotton.

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