Open Duncan Woods to through-traffic?

Mark Brooky • Jun 29, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Bill of Grand Haven asked, “Would it be possible to open Duncan Woods to relieve some of the downtown traffic during the peak summer season caused by the closure of Grand Avenue?”


Yes, but it would be a drastic move the city is not considering.

Opening Duncan Memorial Park’s roadway to through-traffic would not relieve the congestion at the waterfront, Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis said. It would have to be a one-way drive, and there would still be only two outbound paths: Lake Avenue and Harbor Drive.

Besides, it would disrupt what the park is all about.

“Putting through-traffic in this quiet, pedestrian-only park setting would be a drastic measure that would only be considered if there were no other options,” McGinnis said. “We've had the same question about opening Lake Forest Cemetery for traffic, and have given the same answer. These paved, narrow paths were built for pedestrians and intermittent vehicle use to access the grounds, not for through-traffic.”

The first phase of the Grand Avenue reconstruction project, from Harbor Drive to the intersection with Doris Avenue, got underway in April. It is expected to be completed in September.

Read the March 12 Tribune story: “Grand Ave. reconstruction project begins next month.”

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