The city authorized a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation this week. That clears the way for the bridge work to start June 10 and be completed by Aug. 26.
In an effort to cut construction costs by combining projects, the city will simultaneously proceed with a $250,000 refurbishing of the city-owned bridge over the railroad tracks on Ridge Avenue. The state transportation agency will spend about $200,000 on that local bridge project. Ferrysburg will kick in $10,400, plus about $34,000 in engineering costs.
Once the project bids are finalized, the city will use the same contractor as the state agency and follow the same construction timeline, according to City Manager Craig Bessinger. He said the strategy aims to reduce construction costs and the inconvenience of motorists having to deal with road work at two different times.
The city will also spend another $125,000 for an additional 1,700 feet of repaving that includes the entire length of Lane Avenue, Ridge Avenue from the bridge to City Hall, and Ridge from the bridge to Pine Street.
Drainage improvements are also scheduled for the area.
The detour during the project will route motorists trying to go east on Ridge Avenue to 174th Avenue and south to Third Street. Westbound motorists will be detoured north on West Spring Lake Road to 168th Avenue, and west on VanWagoner Road.
According to state documents, all of the work should be done by the end of August.
“It will be an inconvenience for the residents, but I think the final project will make it worthwhile," Bessinger said. "This is the first time Ridge Avenue has been done. It's time for repairs on that street.”