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Lincoln Street to remain closed until early July

Alex Doty • Jun 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — It will be a little while longer until Lincoln Street is reopened to traffic between U.S. 31 and 144th Avenue.

Originally slated to open last week, Grand Haven Township officials now say the road will likely remain closed until the beginning of July. 

“Unfortunately, because the contractor ‘crushed’ an 87-by-36-inch CMP (corrugated metal pipe), a portion of the culvert under Lincoln Street will have to be replaced,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “This culvert is a custom piece of storm drain and the work will require an emergency (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) permit.”

Although a base course of asphalt has been applied to a portion of the roadway, Cargo noted that Lincoln will not be re-opened until after the culvert is repaired. He said that could be July 1.

The closure of Lincoln is planned to allow Dykstra Excavating Inc. of Grand Rapids to complete an extension of sanitary sewer and construction of turn lanes for the new Stonewater Development along the street, near Mariposa Avenue.

Local access to homes and businesses is being maintained throughout the project, township officials said, and increased law enforcement presence will be maintained to enforce the road closure.

Getting around the closure

“Road closed” signs and detour routing signs are in place to let motorists know about Lincoln’s closure.

The detour routes are as follows:

— Eastbound Lincoln Street from U.S. 31: From the highway, turn east onto Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) toward 144th Avenue, then turn north onto 144th Avenue to Lincoln Street.

— Westbound Lincoln Street from east of 144th Avenue: From Lincoln, turn south onto 144th toward Lake Michigan Drive, then turn west onto Lake Michigan Drive toward U.S. 31, then turn north onto the highway to Lincoln Street.

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