“The conceptual layout presented on Jan. 21 was close enough to what everyone wanted,” Grand Haven Project Manager Julie Beaton said. “Council said go ahead and move into detailed design.”
City officials have been working the past few months on getting designs and plans together for repairing the wall. The budgeted cost for the project is about $530,000.
Beaton said the city hired the Wade Trim engineering firm in August 2012 to help with the project.
“Ever since that time, we’ve been doing different concept plans and layouts,” she said.
The most recent plan, which officials seem to agree on, calls for installing a new wall and providing sight improvements for pedestrian and traffic safety.
“We’re going to pull the wall back a little bit to the north, but not a lot,” Beaton said.
The 1.5 to 2 feet that the wall will be moved won’t allow increasing the width of the street's driving lanes, Beaton said, but there will be added buffer space between the wall and the edge of the drive lane.
There are also plans to make improvements to the sidewalks in the area, and add a crosswalk across Lake at Edwards and Highland Drive.
Also included in the project are upgrades to the water main below the road, within the confines of the project area.
“Council approved improving the water line within the limits of reconstruction,” Beaton said. “The advantage is that we don’t come back in five years and dig up the road and stabilize the wall.”
Another factor being looked at, with preliminarily approval, is the wall construction material — a matter that many are looking forward to, Beaton said.
“How it looks and comes together depends on what we build the wall out of," she explained. "The council’s preference, if feasible, was block."
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