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MAILBAG: Why is portion of GHT road unpaved?

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:43 AM

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Grand Haven Township has a little more than 100 miles of streets and roads. About 19 miles are gravel roads, which are mainly in the rural and less-traveled areas of the township.

"Because these gravel roads are in rural areas with lower populations and are less traveled, the roadways have not been designated for bituminous asphalt pavement," Township Manager Bill Cargo explained. "The cost of surfacing 1 mile of gravel roadway is between $450,000 and $900,000 — depending upon the amount of work necessary to construct a proper base, install appropriate storm drainage and the amount of necessary tree removal."

To resurface the approximately 2.3 miles of Buchanan Street between U.S. 31 and 144th Avenue would cost between $1 million and $2 million, according to Cargo.

"If all the gravel roads in the township were paved, the cost would likely exceed $12.35 million," he added.

Buchanan Street between U.S. 31 and Lakeshore Drive was paved more than a decade ago because of the number of homes in the area and the high traffic counts, Cargo said.

Cargo said the township continues to fund both a dust-control program at about $33,000 annually and re-graveling of the roads, as needed.

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