Working moving ahead on Washington Avenue

Work is progressing on Washington Avenue since construction resumed for the spring at the beginning of March. "It is going wonderfully,' Grand Haven Special Project Manager Julie Beaton said. "We got to start early.' Construction crews have been busy the past several weeks installing new planter boxes along the length of the third block of Washington. Beaton said there was some concern as to whether this work could be done or not, due to the ground still frozen.
Alex Doty
Apr 5, 2011


“We didn’t actually know if we could pull it off or not,” she said.

While she is still working out several minor details, as it relates to the schedule of the project, Beaton expects the rest of the streetscape contractors to come in and begin work the week of March 21. She said this work will cover everything that is in the sidewalk area of downtown Grand Haven.

Beaton said Jackson-Merkey, the company responsible for the street portion of the project, is doing some punch-list items for the city — such as repairing crosswalks at Harbor Drive and Washington Avenue. The company is scheduled to return by Memorial Day to complete the paving of Washington.

Workers are also close to finishing up on the installation of the new traffic signals at the corner of Washington and Harbor.

“They’re looking nice,” Beaton said. “I can’t wait to get the old stuff down.”

After crews finish installing the signals, Beaton said there will be an additional day of work when crews switch over and get the timing right, and program the new lights and audible crosswalk signals.

The downtown reconstruction project, which has been ongoing since the fall of 2009, is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day.


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