Downtown Grand Haven reconstruction moving along despite cold

Construction crews in downtown Grand Haven are keeping an eye on weather maps and temperature charts as they work their way down the third block of Washington Avenue. As crews begin work on placing sidewalk and snowmelt, they are keeping an eye on the weather because placing concrete in the cold may cause quality issues, while delaying the concrete until warmer weather may cause schedule issues. Additionally, the irrigation pressure pipe cannot be glued below 40 degrees.
Alex Doty
Apr 6, 2011


With these factors in mind, officials in charge of the project have come up with some alternatives to keep the project on track.

“I’m really pleased to come up with the ‘plan B’ — and, if needed at our next meeting, we’ll come up with a ‘plan C’ to keep this project moving forward,” said Julie Beaton, the city’s special project manager.

Beaton said the team came up with a way to keep the project moving forward by starting work that wasn’t temperature-dependent in zone 13 (between Jumpin’ Java and Fifth Third Bank) ahead of schedule. The front half of sidewalk behind the curb in zone 13 was removed so electrical contractors could keep moving. It won’t effect the scheduled end date if concrete pours need to be delayed.

Officials are planning on re-evaluating the project schedule on Thursday — looking at weather forecasts to determine the best way to keep it moving.

“The last thing I want to do is work on both sides of the street at the same time,” Beaton said.

According to Beaton, the original plan was for crews to work on one zone, get it finished — then move on to the next zone.

While crews continue to work on the sidewalk area of the third block, the project is beginning to come together in the first and second blocks of Washington Avenue.

Crews are currently planting trees downtown, and new benches and trash containers have been placed.

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“It’s great to see the trees arriving in downtown, as they signal that the streetscape work will be wrapped up soon so that the community can enjoy the improvements,” Main Street Downtown Development Authority Director Dana Kollewehr said. “The new trees will compliment the urban environment and provide an interesting tree canopy as they mature.”

On Monday, crews took down the old stoplight at the intersection of Washington and Harbor Drive, and activated the new one.

Beaton said they want to have all of the sidewalk and streetscape work completed before crews come in and place the final layer of asphalt on Washington. The anticipated completion date for this work is by Memorial Day.

“We want to have the heavy equipment off of Washington before we put on that top course of asphalt,” Beaton said.



I cannot wait until everything is done, it will look cool. I cannot stand driving over the bumps at the intersections.


A complete waste of money!!!!


From my vantage point which is smack dang in the middle of this, was I thought I read here in the Tribune last year that this aspect of the final phase was more of a mop up to finish the project. This is turning out to be a major construction mess. I do agree however this when completed, will be very nice for all to enjoy.

One word of advice, I did read here that our City Manager is already preparing for the possibility of extending this project of snowmelt and who knows what else, to the side streets. Here is my advice from a former manufacturing manager, lets us complete what has been started, then evaluate it's impact, success's and drawbacks before spending more of our tax payers money ! Sound logical ?


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