Accessibility eyed

Just as Grand Haven Township recently announced possible improvements along 172nd Avenue near Robbins Road, the city is considering changes near there for pedestrian safety.
Alex Doty
Jul 13, 2013

“I’d like to recommend that we install (pedestrian crossing buttons) and 'no turn on red' signs,” City Public Works Director Bill Hunter said. “I think it would be great for Pinewood Place (a nearby assisted living center).”

Hunter said there are also more visually impaired residents who are getting around. The improvements at the intersection, he noted, would also benefit them.

The plan for changes at Robbins Road and Ferry Street comes on the heels of the township discussing a bike path extension from Robbins south on 172nd Avenue. Ferry Street becomes 172nd Avenue south of Robbins.

Township officials are looking to build a 600-foot bike path along the west side of 172nd, from the Meijer store property to Robbins Road. The estimated cost of the extension is $71,500.

The bike path along 172nd currently stops just short of Robbins Road. On the east side of Robbins, there is no sidewalk and walkers are forced to walk through a parking lot.

“(Residents) want to get to Meijer, and there is no pedestrian facilities for them,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

McGinnis noted that the city approached the township about improvements for that area, but no one made promises to do anything.

“We’re looking at sidewalks, they are looking at bike paths,” McGinnis said.

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Comments

pocodot

Maybe I'm out of touch, but I don't understand how it can cost $71,500 to build 600 feet of bike path... that's $120.00 per foot.

GH55

This is not a "bike path", it is a sidewalk! And why is Mr. Luytjes, owner of the Store&Lock, not willing to allow a sidewalk along the roadway?
Why is the right of way no wider than the actual road?
As an earlier article stated, some of the money was to pay the property owner for the easement. Not usre why, I don't think anyone along Lake Shore or Mercury Drive got any cash.
I really would like to ask the Tribune to quit using the term "bike path" when it is not a Bike Path! In the Township, when you are riding your bike on these "paths" you have no right of way. Look in the ordninces. So, calling these "bike paths" is like calling a limited access highway, a sidewalk.
This area, especially the area in question, has become so densely developed, to not have a sidewalk is ridiculous.
But then, Robbins Road was supposed to go to three lanes, left turn lane in the middle, with bike lanes on the sides. Instead, all that happened was the speed limit was raised to 35mph and no restriping.
No explanation as to why that changed either.

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