City Council recently approved a nearly $700,000 reconstruction project for utilities that run under the highway between Woodlawn and Pennoyer avenues.
“It’s about $150,000 more than what was budgeted for this," City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
City officials said the reason for the cost increase is the restrictions placed on hours and days the project could be done.
“The budget originally prepared was prior to the final design,” Grand Haven Project Manager Julie Beaton said.
Funding for the project comes from the city's 2008 Infrastructure Bond Construction Fund.
To speed the work along, two crews will be assigned to the project — one on the northbound side of the road and another on the southbound side.
Construction is scheduled to begin next week, with a substantial portion of it completed by the end of May. The entire project is supposed to be done by June 7.
The Michigan Department of Transportation prohibits lane closures on Beacon Boulevard, otherwise known as U.S. 31, during the daytime Monday through Friday. Lane closures during the week will only be allowed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Daytime lane closures will be allowed during the day on weekends, with the exception of Memorial Day weekend. City officials believe the state transportation agency will require a suspension of the work during the three-day holiday weekend.
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