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Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:53 PM

“I’d like to recommend that we install (pedestrian crossing buttons) and 'no turn on red' signs,” City Public Works Director Bill Hunter said. “I think it would be great for Pinewood Place (a nearby assisted living center).”

Hunter said there are also more visually impaired residents who are getting around. The improvements at the intersection, he noted, would also benefit them.

The plan for changes at Robbins Road and Ferry Street comes on the heels of the township discussing a bike path extension from Robbins south on 172nd Avenue. Ferry Street becomes 172nd Avenue south of Robbins.

Township officials are looking to build a 600-foot bike path along the west side of 172nd, from the Meijer store property to Robbins Road. The estimated cost of the extension is $71,500.

The bike path along 172nd currently stops just short of Robbins Road. On the east side of Robbins, there is no sidewalk and walkers are forced to walk through a parking lot.

“(Residents) want to get to Meijer, and there is no pedestrian facilities for them,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

McGinnis noted that the city approached the township about improvements for that area, but no one made promises to do anything.

“We’re looking at sidewalks, they are looking at bike paths,” McGinnis said.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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