Crosswalks crumbling

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:50 AM

City public works crews recently spent time repairing faulty brick crosswalks on Harbor Drive and in the first block of Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven.

“There were divots within a few of the crosswalks,” Public Works Director Bill Hunter said.

City Manager Pat McGinnis noted that the problem with bumpy crosswalks in the first block of Washington Avenue isn’t new.

“That has been a problem since day one,” he said. “They failed shortly after the project was completed.”

Since that time, crews have had no luck in their attempts to resolve the issue.

“There has been a variety of corrections attempted, but none of them have worked,” McGinnis said.

To mend the problem, Hunter said his crews have removed the bricks and bedding sand below them, put new sand in and smoothed it out, and then replaced the bricks.

“Hopefully, that will resolve the situation that we’re experiencing,” he said.

Hunter said the work should be done before the end of the week so it doesn't impact downtown shoppers during the holiday season. There are several more crosswalks to repair.

“We’ll probably wait until the spring to do the rest,” Hunter said.

The cost of the fix is $3,000 per crosswalk.

Because the problems have been continuing for some time, McGinnis said city officials would see to it that the costs aren’t passed on to the taxpayers.

Still, it puzzles city officials why the bricks in the first block failed.

“We’re still trying to figure it out right now,” Hunter said. “We took some samples of the existing bedding and we’re waiting for the results to come back on that.”

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