Lake wall decision delayed

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Grand Haven City Council has decided to wait until Jan. 7 to consider hiking the project’s $300,000 budget to $500,000. The additional costs include improved sight lines, a water main upgrade, street reconstruction and enhanced pedestrian safety.

City Manager Pat McGinnis said council wants a few more details about items such as the appearance and sidewalk configuration before making a decision. He said those kinds of things would normally be addressed during a project's final design stage.

City officials have said the wall is failing or has failed. Sand is washing from behind it, threatening further erosion, and potentially leading to problems for the street and adjacent private properties.

Grand Haven Project Manager Julie Beaton said they asked for the higher amount because the scope of the project was expanded to include pedestrian and driver safety issues.

For increased pedestrian safety measures, a formal crosswalk with typical features including stripes and signs would be placed between Highland Drive and Edwards Avenue.

Beaton said they plan to improve the sightline so drivers can see cars further down the road. They would also slightly widen the road and provide an additional 18 inches along the side to create a “shy zone" to give motorists the sense they won’t hit their passenger mirror as they round the curve, Beaton said.

During the construction work, Beaton said they hope to upgrade the area’s water main instead of revisiting the site to address that issue in the future. She said the current water main is undersized for both residential use and fire flow in that neighborhood.

The new 550 feet of water line would run between two water mains already scheduled to be updated.

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