VanWagoner sewer repair work progresses, delayed by heavy rain

Becky Vargo • Apr 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM

UPDATE: Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 8 p.m.

VanWagoner Road, from 174th Avenue to the entrance of the Trillium Banquet Center, is expected to remain closed through late Monday afternoon, according to Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger.

UPDATE: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9:45 a.m.:

An inch of rain overnight caused contractors to delay installing equipment to de-water a hole to prepare them for a sewer line repair, said Ferrysburg Public Works Director Matt Schindlbeck.

Crews from Northern Pipeline were on the scene this morning, installing a heavy steel cage over one hole and dropping points in another hole.

Officials said they were hoping to remove enough water to start digging this afternoon, but it’s possible the road in the area could be closed for another day.

Access is still being allowed to medical offices in the area.


FERRYSBURG — Contractors got their heavy equipment in place on Wednesday to repair a broken sewer line on VanWagoner Road, east of 174th Avenue.

Ferrysburg Public Works Director Matt Schindlbeck said it was likely the work would continue into today (Thursday).

The road is closed between 174th Avenue and the entrance to the Trillium Banquet Center. People needing to get to the Pine Rest offices are being allowed through.

The City of Ferrysburg doesn’t have the equipment needed to dig the depth required, thus the contractor was needed, Shindlbeck said.

Public works crews responded to the area late Tuesday after an AT&T contractor bored through a 12-inch sewer line while installing fiber optic cable. Spring Lake Public Works Director John Stuparits said the line filled with sand, but crews from both communities worked to bypass the line until it could be repaired.

Later Tuesday evening, while work was still being done, a 54-year-old Ferrysburg man missed the barricades and slammed his pickup truck into one of the Ferrysburg Public Works pickup trucks.

The work vehicle was parked across the road with its amber lights flashing. Six workers were starting to take a cover off a manhole, just a few feet beyond the work truck, when the crash occurred. They were all able to get safely out of the way.

Schindlbeck said the 2015 F-250 work truck was likely a total loss and they are waiting to hear back from the city’s insurance provider about replacing it.

The driver of the errant pickup truck, Daniel Rop, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

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