Meeting planned for upcoming Grand Ave. work

Alex Doty • Oct 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Construction may have just wrapped up on the first phase of the Grand Avenue project, but city leaders are already thinking about its next phase.

The city has scheduled an informational meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Grand Haven Community Center for residents living along and in the vicinity of the construction route.

Grand Haven Project Manager Julie Beaton said the meeting will offer people the chance to give input on different aspects of the project, such as parkway landscaping and construction traffic.

“We’ve gotten some questions about traffic and how we’re going to set up detours,” she said. “Most folks are interested in seeing the plans in front of their homes.”

Beaton noted that this isn’t the first time the city has hosted a public meeting to discuss the aspects of the Grand Avenue project.

“We had a couple (meetings) during the conceptual planning, then we had two open houses for the first phase,” she said. “We usually have a second one in the spring just prior to construction starting.”

The reconstruction project’s second phase will stretch from Doris Avenue to where the first phase ended to Sheldon Road. Its length is just under a half-mile.

“The scope of work is not any less — it’s a little more,” Beaton said, comparing the second phase to the recently completed first phase. “There’s more residences, there’s traffic related to the school and the hospital, and we have a little more underground utility work than we did in the first phase.”

The project is expected to be put out for bid late this fall or early winter, with a spring 2017 start date. The work is expected to last through the summer.

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