MAILBAG: Why is portion of GHT road unpaved?

Jim of Grand Haven Township asks, "Why is Buchanan Street a dirt path between 144th and 136th avenues, while the rest of it is all paved?"
Mark Brooky
Sep 7, 2012



Grand Haven Township has a little more than 100 miles of streets and roads. About 19 miles are gravel roads, which are mainly in the rural and less-traveled areas of the township.

"Because these gravel roads are in rural areas with lower populations and are less traveled, the roadways have not been designated for bituminous asphalt pavement," Township Manager Bill Cargo explained. "The cost of surfacing 1 mile of gravel roadway is between $450,000 and $900,000 — depending upon the amount of work necessary to construct a proper base, install appropriate storm drainage and the amount of necessary tree removal."

To resurface the approximately 2.3 miles of Buchanan Street between U.S. 31 and 144th Avenue would cost between $1 million and $2 million, according to Cargo.

"If all the gravel roads in the township were paved, the cost would likely exceed $12.35 million," he added.

Buchanan Street between U.S. 31 and Lakeshore Drive was paved more than a decade ago because of the number of homes in the area and the high traffic counts, Cargo said.

Cargo said the township continues to fund both a dust-control program at about $33,000 annually and re-graveling of the roads, as needed.

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Mark Brooky

Note: An e-mail from Bruce pointed out an error. While Mr. Cargo's explanation is worthy to the subject, I incorrectly directed it at him to answer while 136th to 144th avenues would put the road in Robinson Township.

"Someone missed the boat," Bruce wrote. "That portion of Buchanan Street is in Robinson Township and not in Grand Haven Township. They asked the wrong officials the question. The person asking the question needs to look at a map and raise the same question to the Robinson Township Board.

"If they are truly interested, that section has never been improved in the 50-plus years I have lived in the township. It would be a very major project and there are no dwellings at all on that section."

Thanks for keeping us on our toes, Bruce!




Robinson has only paved 1 or 2 roads in the last 20 years. They put there priorities in adding a new park and paving the boat launch at Riverside???? Can't wait for the completion of the bypass to further divide the township. Those gravel roads will be really nice to drive down to get to the access point for the by pass. Oh well, hope the neighboring communities enjoy the boat launch.

Tri-cities realist

And the Robinson Twp official's comments were....


Isn't the launching ramp in Riverside Park owned by the Ottawa County tax payers???? I would think that Grand Haven Twp would be looking at hooking up to the sewer system instead of polluting the ground water. Grand Haven Twp wants to become a city by providing all the cities services.. but they still have not installed a sewer system for all residences yet... Wait till those costs are placed on the tax rolls...


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