Beginning as early as next spring, construction crews plan to tackle the reconstruction of 172nd Avenue and parts of Johnson Street.
“That’s a project that’s being funded by the township's Downtown Development Authority,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said.
The project, estimated to cost about $2 million, will include the complete reconstruction of the street surface, installation of stormwater curb and gutter systems, and other things.
“We’re paying for it with cash,” Cargo said. “It’s cash in the bank being used to pay for the project.”
Cargo noted that a new water main would also be installed beneath the roadway. The township plans to replace 4,300 feet of 12-inch, cast-iron water main.
The township looks to save some money on the project, as well. They plan to partner with the Ottawa County Road Commission for the engineering portion.
“We are going to be working with the Road Commission for a majority of the engineering,” Cargo said. “That will save us some significant money.”
Cargo said they still need to hire a firm for the water portion of the project.
“It’s important to have a firm that knows what they are doing," he said.
The township might also need to work with a consultant on a proposed "traffic calming" technique or device planned for the 168th Avenue and Johnson Street intersection.
Cargo noted that the planned improvements and the overall scope of work would be very similar to what the City of Grand Haven did for recent improvements along Beechtree Street.