Surprise! Extra money for roads

The Ottawa County Road Commission had a pleasant surprise for Grand Haven Township officials this week.
Alex Doty
Jun 25, 2013


Bids for street resurfacing work in the county came in less than estimated. And for Grand Haven Township, the estimates are $97,000 less.

“The lower-than-expected paving bids received by the Ottawa County Road Commission will allow the township to be able to do additional work with the monies that were already budgeted for street maintenance,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “This does not increase the budget.”

Combined with the fact that Harbor Transit doesn’t need as large of a contribution from the township this year, the township will have about $164,000 more to spend for street maintenance.

“The township had promised to not only use the monies from the transportation millage, but to also continue to use General Fund monies for street maintenance,” Cargo said.

The township now has about $570,769 available for street maintenance for this year. Several contracts for a variety of neighborhood projects have already been approved.

After discussing priorities with the Ottawa County Road Commission, Cargo said it is recommended that 152nd Avenue between Ferris Street and Grand Oak Avenue be re-surfaced at a cost of $131,000. Cargo said that is a busy road section, as it provides access to a number of subdivisions and housing developments.

Because of contract work surrounding Shiawasee Drive from Lake Avenue north, township staff is recommending that this small segment also be resurfaced at a cost of $7,320.

Cargo has also proposed a list of streets that will have pavement cracks sealed.

“It adds a couple of years of life to a roadway before we do a (paving),” Cargo said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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