City builds wall plan

A half-million dollar project aimed at reinforcing an aging retaining wall is closer to reality.
Alex Doty
Jul 15, 2013


“Many things are falling into place, which is wonderful,” Grand Haven Project Manager Julie Beaton said. “We believe that we have a very solid plan.”

City officials have spent the past few months perfecting their plans to replace the retaining wall along Lake Avenue, across from the Highland Park Association neighborhood.

The estimated cost of the project is $530,000, with funding coming from the city’s 2008 infrastructure bond proposal.

“We anticipate that we will be starting construction right after Labor Day,” Beaton said.

The plan is to have the project finished before the asphalt plants close for the winter.

Chris Bosserd of the Wade Trim engineering firm said the plan involves slightly changing the location of the existing wall.

“The plan we had discussed about moving the wall back 2 feet, we are going to do that,” he said.

The entire wall on the north side of Lake Avenue will be replaced with a new retaining wall. The new wall will be located north of the existing wall, and entirely within the right of way of the road.

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"Slightly changing the location of the existing wall . . moving the wall back 2 feet." How many people want to lose two feet of their property? Two feet is not slight. It will irrevocably change the property of the house and yard at the top of the hill. I hope this project does not become a foot-in-the door opportunity to encroach on that dune.


One of the real problems for this project will occur once this set back has been completed and the road has been widened. All of a sudden, instead of the cautious approach now necessary because of the width of the road thru that area, people will be zooming around that blind curve in excess of what I would call a safe speed, based on the lack of visibility.
It's dangerous enough to walk thru that area now as it is. More than once I've had to jump out of the way as cars come zooming thru there, using the sidewalk as part of the roadway. That problem will only get worse once the road is widened and speeds increase.

Tri-cities realist

I agree.


It will only increase (speed) if the road is widen and the sidewalk is not, I would hope and expect that this will not be the case. Pedestrians must be considered and of course the speed of the traffic should be likewise. As for the two feet, I guess if the City of Grand Haven can widen the road and a set back established of two feet. Then it is obvious that the City owns the rights to do so, and that your so called property does not belong to you but to the people of Grand Haven.
It is much like a sidewalk in front of the houses in the City, the property belongs to the people or municipalities in most cases. So the private cries about the two feet, does not hold any water, not if it belongs to the City already. Good luck.


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