North Shore road project delayed to June

Alexander Sinn • Apr 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM

A road reconstruction project on North Shore Drive has been delayed to June 3.

The project was originally slated to begin in March, then was bumped to May amid setbacks during the design and permitting process, according to Grand Haven Public Works Director Derek Gajdos.

Due to further design complications, Gajdos said, the bid date was postponed from April 5 to April 19.

The new timeline includes a break from June 28 to July 7 for the Independence Day holiday period and July 26 to Aug. 4 for the Coast Guard Festival. Reconstruction work is expected to wrap up Nov. 2.

The adjustment will ensure the city receives competitive bids and a quality project, Gajdos said.

“This new schedule allows for all of these aspects while keeping in mind the residents and visitors that will be impacted,” he said.

The work entails a full reconstruction of the Grand Haven-owned portion of the roadway from Main Street to the city limit, and continuing in Ferrysburg to North Shore Beach and the east-west portion of Piney Point Drive.

Grand Haven required a critical dune permit to widen the road from 24 feet to 30 feet, Gajdos said, and a retaining wall to support the dune. A specialized drainage system was also required for the sandy site, he said.

The route, which will entail periods of complete closure, is the only access to the Grand Haven north pier, Kitchen-Lindquist Dune Preserve and North Shore Marina.

The new schedule:

June 3 to July 25: Construction of 4,000 feet of retaining wall on the east side of North Shore Drive. Intermediate lane closures for construction traffic and materials. No overnight lane closures.

June 29 to July 7: All lanes open to traffic for Fourth of July holiday. 

July 26 to Aug. 4: All lanes open for Coast Guard Festival.

Aug. 5-12: Complete closure of southerly 800 feet of North Shore Drive (Main Street to Breton Street).

Aug. 13 to Sept. 28: Reconstruction of northerly 4,400 feet from Breton Street to Grand Haven city limit. One-lane traffic with temporary signals.

Sept. 28 to Oct. 25: Reconstruction of 3,000 feet of North Shore from city limit of Ferrysburg to North Shore Beach.

Oct. 28 to Nov. 2: Finish paving of all sections of North Shore Drive and Piney Point.

Nov. 4-9: Final plantings and restoration.

The project is anticipated to cost Grand Haven $1.42 million, which will be split between the two cities, while the Ferrysburg portion will cost $519,300. The costs reflect $689,090 in federal grants through the Michigan Department of Transportation. 

In March, Ferrysburg pursued a special assessment to complete the north-south section of Piney Point Drive for $125,000.

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