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Work continues on pathway expansion planning

Alex Doty • Apr 9, 2018 at 2:30 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Work on the voter-approved Grand Haven Township pathway expansion project could soon kick into high gear.

Bids for the Groesbeck and 152nd Avenue pathway extensions were recently released, and will come back to the Township Board for review later this month.

“Board review and approval is scheduled for Monday, April 23,” Township Manager Bill Cargo noted. “The bids for the 168th and Lincoln Street pathway extension will be released (this week) with a bid date of Thursday, May 3. Board review and approval is scheduled for Monday, May 14.”

A voter-approved pathway expansion project, the Township Board unanimously authorized the issuance of $4.5 million in bonds to fund the project in 2017.

The project will add 10 miles of pathway to the township’s existing 28-mile trail network. Expansion work is being targeted for along Buchanan, Groesbeck and Sleeper streets; Lincoln Street; and 144th, 152nd and 168th avenues.

In 2016, Grand Haven Township voters approved an increase in property taxes for 20 years — 2016 through 2035 — in the amount of 0.45 mill for all properties in the township. The millage funds the planning, acquiring of rights of way, construction, maintaining and operating of the paths, and for the principal and interest on any bonds issued.

The Township Board is also expected to decide tonight on bids for several pathway maintenance projects.

“Construction bids for the 2018 Pathway Maintenance Project were opened on Thursday, March 29,” Cargo noted.

Cargo said that two firms responded to the request for bids, but only one bid, from Grand Rapids-based Jordan Intercoastal LLC, was responsive or compliant. 

According to Cargo, the total bid price for the three portions of the pathway maintenance project are about $215,000 — roughly $22,000 below the budgeted, estimated cost.

The maintenance project has three main components, which included the following:

— Resurfacing a portion of the Comstock Street and Robbins Road pathway ($160,000).

— Crack sealing of roughly 24 miles of pathway ($28,000).

— Resurfacing of the west meter station drive, west water tank drive and the Hofma Park exit drive ($26,000).

“Prein & Newhof have checked references — especially since the contractor is a relatively new firm that has not worked in (the township) prior — and has recommended the bid be awarded,” Cargo noted.

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