South Beechtree Street has been torn up since May. Its completion is just weeks away.
“The critical point we’re at is getting that asphalt in,” City Project Manager Julie Beaton said.
Grand Haven officials have eyed this coming Sunday as the day they expect Beechtree, from Waverly Avenue to Robbins Road, to be paved.
If the Sunday work is rained out, city officials say they plan to postpone the work until Tuesday. However, they want to get the work done on Sunday due to the heavy presence of industry along that route.
“I am doing the anti-rain dance for Sunday,” Beaton said. “There’s so much truck traffic on Beechtree that I don’t want to have to pave during the week.”
Beaton said they’ve worked to accommodate the businesses and residents along the route throughout the process.
“One of the things that’s rewarding is to see how busy our local businesses are,” she noted.
Even if crews can’t pave the road until Tuesday, city officials say the project is ahead of schedule.
“Substantial completion isn’t until Nov. 15 for their contract,” Beaton said.
Once the road is paved, it will still be several days before the barricades come down. According to Beaton, the city can’t open the road to traffic until they have all of the pavement striped and street signs in place.
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