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City looks back on nearly $40M in infrastructure work

Alex Doty • Jan 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

The end of one year and a new one just beginning gives plenty of opportunity to reflect on the past and future.

And Grand Haven officials did just that recently, taking a look back at the past 12 years of infrastructure improvements made throughout the city.

“It’s a substantial effort, and the current City Council has been a big part in helping to make that happen,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

During a recent city meeting, McGinnis said that council started with a goal more than a decade ago of rebuilding the city’s aging infrastructure. In that time, the city has completed nearly $40 million worth of improvements, which along with them have brought numerous town hall meetings, public hearings and community interaction regarding the various projects.

According to a list of work completed during the past dozen years, the city has made a combined $39.9 million worth of infrastructure improvement projects. Projects range from street resurfacing work to complete water, sewer and street rebuilds such as the Grand Avenue project and the downtown Grand Haven (Washington Avenue) infrastructure and streetscape improvement project.

“It has been endless, but I think this list really tells you it has produced benefits and results,” McGinnis said.“ Had (City Council) not put it in the ground, it would be out there still needing to be done with a much higher price tag.”

Grand Haven Public Works Director Derek Gajdos said the list — which city officials say is available for review at City Hall — breaks down the myriad projects in three categories: street and storm sewer, water lines, and sanitary sewer lines. It also includes breakdowns on construction and professional service costs.

“We’ve been very busy in Grand Haven, and here’s the proof,” Gajdos said of the project list.

And even with all of the past work in the ground, city officials say there is still plenty of work ahead.

“This is work we continue to do, and I think in 2018 you’re going to make another step forward into the next generation,” McGinnis told City Council.

According to the city’s most current Capital Improvement Plan, there are $40.6 million worth of projects on the horizon, which includes the more than $1.1 million Harbor Drive infrastructure project that is set to take place later this year. Roughly $22.5 million of the total is for street and storm sewer work, $11.08 million is for sanitary sewer work, and $8.9 million is for water line work.

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