Downtown crosswalks to be repaired again

City officials have paved the way for what they hope is the final crosswalk repair job at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harbor Drive.
Alex Doty
May 6, 2013


“These pedestrian crosswalks have been giving us problems since we installed them,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “We are not exactly sure why.”

The city has contracted with Grand Rapids-based Katerberg Verhage to remove brick pavers, place an asphalt bed and reinstall the pavers in three crosswalks at Harbor and Washington for $7,725.

The one-week project is scheduled to begin today. The intersection of Washington and Harbor will be closed until the work is done.

The crosswalks were installed just a few years ago. In November 2012, crews removed the bricks and bedding sand below the crosswalks, put new sand in, smoothed it out, and then replaced the bricks.

It became evident over the winter that the fix didn’t hold. All of the sidewalks in the intersection have the same problem of dipping in certain spots, creating a bumpy ride for motorists who pass though the intersection.

City officials believe the problem can be traced to the wrong type of sand — called 22AA — that was used under the pavers when they were originally installed.

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Asphalt is going to have the same issue. They need to use the correct sand, and put a nice thick layer of concrete under the bricks to distribute the load of the car tires across the whole crosswalk. Asphalt is just going to get dips in the tire tracks as it settles.


Whe doe we have to pay for this incorrect installation? Shouldn't the contractor pay, or did the CITY screw up with it's requirements?
SignalMaintainer has an excellent point, also. Asphalt tends to move with the heat, and it WILL settle in the tire tracks.
Does the city have anybody on its payroll who knows this stuff, or are we flying blind?

Say No To Tourist's

Simple solution, use red dyed concrete and a brick stamp for the pattern. Done deal.


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