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‘Botched job’ on Lincoln Street to undergo fixes

Alexander Sinn • May 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — A bumpy road has led to new rehab work on Lincoln Street in Grand Haven Township, which is set to begin Monday, May 6. 

Lincoln Street between U.S. 31 and 144th Avenue will be resurfaced after nine months of attempted corrections.

The work is expected to last a week. It will be closed to traffic for that time.

Township Supervisor Mark Reenders called the contract work a “botched job.” He said the township has no jurisdiction on roadways, and it was up to the Ottawa County Road Commission to get the contractors to correct the work.

The initial project began in April 2018 under the direction of Dykstra Excavating Inc. of Grand Rapids. The road was reopened in August 2018, but then it failed a quality test from the Road Commission.

About 800 feet of road was then removed and replaced, but the problems persisted.

Since the August opening, township officials said, laser surveys and negotiations have been taking place to finish the job.

Road Commission Communications Director Alex Doty said the project inspectors’ testing in August found the ride quality of the road was not adequate. The evaluation simply entails driving along the road. 

“We notified the project engineer in this case, who then evaluated the work,” Doty said. “They then determined that the work did not meet (Michigan Department of Transportation) construction standards.” 

Contractor Black Gold has been signed on to remove existing manholes and micro-mill up to 1.5 inches of asphalt off the length of Lincoln that was not paved correctly. Dykstra Excavating will be responsible for sanitary sewer manholes that will need to be reinstalled. Nederveld Engineering is the general contractor on the assignment.

The project also underwent a month-long delay last summer after crews struck and damaged a culvert, which needed to be replaced. A Michigan Department of Environmental Quality permit was required before proceeding.

The initial work also included extending the sanitary sewer line and construction of turn lanes for the new Stonewater development near Mariposa Avenue.

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