“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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