Prepping for change

The landscape of Grand Haven’s Centertown neighborhood will soon change.
Alex Doty
Apr 5, 2014

“Our new start date is (Monday),” Assistant City Manager Sam Janson said. “We’re under frost laws right now, so the contractor can’t drive on roads in Ottawa and Kent counties.”

Once the frost road laws are lifted, road construction crews will come in and begin utility, street and streetscape work on Washington Avenue between Seventh Street and U.S. 31.

Janson said the first order of business for the $1.2 million project is to remove the old street surface and curb and gutter, then work under the roadbed to replace the aging utilities. That will be followed by removal of sidewalks and doing work under the sidewalk bed.

Through-traffic won’t be allowed to drive on Washington during construction. Public parking lots will be accessible from Franklin, Columbus and Seventh streets.

“We’re going to maintain traffic at Eighth Street and traffic at Washington and Seventh as much as we can,” Janson said.

The city will do its best to limit interruptions, he said, and will work with people to make parking arrangements.

Janson also said that, with the old sidewalk being replaced, access to businesses could, at times, be interrupted.

Weekday construction work is not to start before 7 a.m., and crews will finish before 9 each night. Weekend construction, if necessary, won’t start before 7 a.m., and crews will finish by 8 p.m.

The project schedule calls for work to be completed by late June.

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


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