Construction Updates

Looking for 2022 construction highlights? Read our Construction Recap.


  • Starting in the new year, DTE Energy will begin replacing private gas main on the following streets. Check back for updates on potential road closures.  
  • If you have any questions or concerns please contact Michael Voss from DTE at 616-218-1031.

Warwick Road
Ballard Street to End
January 1, 2023December 21, 2023
Pontiac Road
Cadillac Drive to Rosewood Avenue
January 3, 2022June 3, 2022Completed
Ballard Street
Warwick Road to End
January 1, 2023December 21, 2023
Boston Street
Laurel Avenue to End
January 1, 2023December 21, 2023
Orville Street
Warwick to End
January 1, 2023December 21, 2023
Maxwell Avenue
Argentina Drive to Lake Drive
August 22, 2022November 1, 2022Completed
Sherman Street
City Limit to Wealthy Street
November 1, 2022April 20, 2023In-Process
Pioneer Club
Reeds Lake Blvd to Manhattan Road
September 12, 2022November 1, 2022Completed
Wealthy Street
Lovett to Plymouth
November 1, 2022April 20, 2023
Laurel Avenue
Lake Drive to Wealthy
November 1, 2022April 20, 2023In-Process
Plymouth Road
Alexander Road to Hall Street
March 1, 2023August 1, 2023In-Process



In 2015, EGR residents passed a ballot proposal to allow the City to collect 2.0 mills for street and sidewalk improvements. Since then, the Public Works team  has worked hard to upgrade the 47 miles of street and 80 miles of sidewalk within the city. 

Streets that are not marked for construction this summer may still receive preventative maintenance if necessary. Public Works crews or contractors may apply mastic and/or crack seal throughout the spring and summer seasons. The annually updated PASER street rating map is located at the bottom of this page with ratings each year to benchmark progress with respect to the streets and sidewalks millage.

Public Works crews will be applying mastic treatments to some streets that will be receiving pavement preservation cape seal treatments in August as well as some lower rated streets in June.  No parking signs may be posted and there will be limited traffic disruption, but the mastic application takes up to a few hours per street for application and curing time.  Please view the map link below for streets receiving mastic application.

Because preventative maintenance work is generally a fill-in schedule item subject to weather and the availability of contractors, advanced mailing notices with specific dates, times, etc. are not feasible.  The city or contractors will use appropriate traffic control while completing maintenance operations.  If there will be a direct and prolonged impact door hanger notices will be provided or crews will knock on doors to attempt contact.

Notices are mailed to affected residents in advance of any work. Notices will also be posted on this page as they are mailed out.

Winter 2023-Safe Street Demonstration Pilots: Englewood Dr./Gorham Dr. and Martin Luther King Jr. St./Gladstone Ave. and Rosewood Ave.

In advance of 2023 mill/overlay street projects, alternative designs have been developed by the DPW Engineering team to improve misaligned intersection geometry, assigned right-of-way, and improved pedestrian crossings.   The demonstration pilots are temporary installations of rubber curb and temporary signs that will allow for residents to experience potential changes and to provide input/feedback to the city. Installations will be in place during the months of January and February (potentially into April). Below are notices that were mailed to adjacent residents in the noted areas.  For feedback and input, please send emails to For questions, please contact 616-940-4817.

Englewood Dr-Gorham Dr-Safe Street Demonstration Pilot Information

Martin Luther King Jr. St.-Gladstone Ave and Rosewood Ave-Safe Street Demonstration Pilot

Update: Based on constructive resident feedback, civil and traffic engineering consultants have modified designs for potential changes as an output from the tactile community interaction.  Modified designs are provided below.  The City Commission will be considering these modified designs or leaving existing conditions at the March 28, 2023 meeting. Additional public input provided to the dedicated email will be provided to the City Commission up to the meeting time.

Englewood Dr-Gorham Dr. and Martin Luther King Jr. St.-Gladstone Ave and Rosewood Ave Amended Design Based on Community Feedback


Mill and overlay is a street maintenance process that requires the removal of the top layer of a street by a milling machine. After the top layer is removed, any road base repairs can be completed. Before the new pavement is placed, the surface of the newly milled pavement is covered with a liquid asphalt tack coat to bond the old and new pavements before a new layer of bituminous pavement is put in place. Mill and overlay projects at various depths are designated for streets that meet PASER 2-4 ratings. Spot curb replacement, drainage issues and some ADA ramps are also typically addressed during mill/overlay projects.

2023 Projects Map

2023 Projects Memo

Notice To All Impacted Residents

Updates: Phases TBD in early April 2023

Englewood Drive
Tenway Drive to Whitfield Road

Gorham Drive
Englewood Drive to City Limits

     Gracewood Drive
     Reeds Lake Boulevard to Pioneer Club Road

    Heather Court 
    Heather Street to Cul-de-Sac


Heather Street
Laurel Avenue to Eastlawn Road

    Hodenpyl Drive
    Reeds Lake Boulevard to Rexford Drive

    Keneberry Way
    Kenesaw Drive to Kenesaw Drive


Lakeside Drive
Hall Street to Burchard Street

Martin Luther King Jr Street 
City Limits to Plymouth

    Pinecrest Avenue
    Elmwood Drive to Hall Street


    Ross Court 
    Lake Drive to End

    Sherman Street 
    Plymouth Road to Wealthy Street

    Stratford Court
    Heather Street to Cul-de-Sac


In the cape seal process, an engineered polymer-modified RCRI is applied on the existing pavement and then covered with micro-surfacing. This is a cost-effective process that provides the strength and durability of RCRI and the smoothness and texture of micro-surfacing and/or slurry seal. A cape seal is applied when the pavement deterioration is greater than what a slurry seal or micro-surfacing is designed to correct, yet the pavement has not deteriorated to the point of requiring an expensive asphalt overlay. A cape seal prevents water penetration, reducing subsequent damage to the roadbed, along with providing a new wearing surface. Cape seals are applied to streets rated PASER 4-6 depending on additional pavement surface maintenance. Cape seals can be used on residential streets as well as rural and urban highways. Used with crack sealing and necessary surface repairs, a cape seal significantly extends the life of a pavement. In advance of this treatment, the City prepares the existing road surface by milling and paving out rough surface areas and performing crack sealing. This advance preparation work usually takes 1-2 days and is completed with appropriate traffic control. Please expect traffic delays on these streets, and please be courteous and respectful of crews on-site controlling traffic.

Updates: N/A. Currently out to bid via the Kent County Road Commission.


Tentative Schedule-Below: TBD. Summer 2023.

       Project Area                                                       Tentative Start Date            Tentative Completion Date         Status

Amberley Court

Cambridge Drive
Seminole Road to End

Rosewood Avenue
Wealthy Street to Lake Drive

     Gladstone Avenue
     Wealthy Street to Lake Drive

     Pontiac Road
     Gladstone Drive to City Limits

Mackinaw Road
Gladstone Avenue to City Limits

Pinecrest Avenue
Hall Street to Burchard Street

Shopping Center Drive
Lakeside Drive to End

      Reeds Lake Boulevard
      Reeds Lake Boulevard to Manhattan Road

      El Centro Boulevard
      Reeds Lake Boulevard to Cascade Road

      Lake Drive
      Hall Street to City Limits

      Hall Street
      Idema Drive to City Limits

      Lennox Street
      Wilshire Drive to City Limits

      Cornell Avenue
      Wilshire Drive to City Limits

     Woodcliff Drive
     Lake Drive to Maplewood Drive


Micro-surfacing, a cost-effective pavement maintenance process used by departments of transportation and municipalities across the country, is a design mixture of polymer-modified asphalt emulsion, crushed aggregate, mineral fillers, water and additives. The mixture is properly proportioned, mixed and uniformly spread over a suitably prepared surface. Micro-surfacing is a pavement preservation treatment for street surfaces rated at PASER 5 or 6. Micro-surfacing provides a quality wearing surface, extends pavement life, sets within a day, seals out moisture and does not require utility casting adjustments. In advance of this treatment, the City prepares the existing road surface by milling and paving out rough surface areas and performing crack sealing.


  • Micro-surface treatments are not scheduled for the 2023 construction season.




Reclamite is an asphalt sealant, which is a cationic, water-based emulsion designed to improve and extend the life of higher rated asphalt pavements at a very low cost. The emulsion contains unique oils to restore and improve the chemistry of oxidized asphalt surfaces.  Spray-on asphalt rejuvenators are designed to penetrate the asphalt surface and strengthen the asphalt material at the surface to resist the effects of exposure to sun, water, and air.  The treatment extends the life of the asphalt road surface an additional 5-7 years.

Updates: N/A.




As part of the 2015 Streets and Sidewalks Millage, the City has been investing more funds into the annual sidewalk rehab and replacement program. Each year, targeted areas are investigated on a rotation basis. The targeted area is subject to budget constraints.


  • The sidewalk rehabilitation and replacement program target area for the 2023 construction season is in the eastern area of the city.  Construction is slated to start in March. For information on targeted areas from past and future years please view documents noted below.
  • Sidewalk construction to add sidewalk on the southside of Robinson Rd from Briarwood Ave to Plymouth Road was completed in late June 2022. Additional work for enhancing pedestrian safety included the removal of the drive approach into the intersection at Plymouth Rd and Robinson and relocating the crosswalk from the east leg to the west leg.  An RRFB was also approved and installed at the crossing by the Department of Public Works.





See Project Area Map-Above




  • Contractor: Corby Energy Services; Project Manager Josh Freeman, 734.604.5109




Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) is a trenchless process to rehabilitate water mains. This process is less invasive and less disruptive than open-cut utility replacement. Before the existing water main is removed from service, a temporary above-ground water service system is put into place. Once the temporary system is in place and has passed required testing, the contractor will contact residents to remove water meters from homes before connecting to this system. The existing water main is then taken out of service. Access pits, which EGR DPW crews will have pre-excavated, are used to access segments of the water main. At these sites, the contractor cleans the water main with a metal chain reamer and inspects the pipe with closed-circuit television to map water service locations. After this is completed, plugs are inserted at water service locations by specialized robotic equipment. Then the new liner is inserted, epoxy resin is injected and hot water is circulated to cure the new liner into the new structural pipe within the old (host) pipe. When this is completed, hydrostatic pressure testing is conducted, water services are reinstated and the new pipe is disinfected, flushed and tested. Water services are then brought back into service, water the contractor contacts residents to reinstall water meters and the temporary system is removed. Restorations are then completed in the project areas. Water service lines that the City owns (between the main and the stop box/shut off in the public right-of-way) that need replacement will take place this summer, fall and into the winter.

Updates: N/A.

Gracewood/Lakewood/Pioneer Club
Reeds Lake Blvd to Cascade Rd-Lakewood ROW.
(660 LF of 10-inch cast-iron main installed in 1928)
April/MayJulyEGLE Permit Review

Reeds Lake Ct.

     Reeds Lake Blvd-Loop to End


JulyEGLE Permit Review

Water Utility System Distribution System Survey

 The City of East Grand Rapids, in conjunction with Advanced Hydro Vac, is hydro-excavating water service lines to complete a comprehensive inventory of water service line materials and water shut-off valves. Target areas are street construction project areas as well as the far west quadrant of the City. Residents will be mailed a notice describing this inventory work. All work will be completed in the public right-of-way. The excavations will be backfilled by the City with restorations including topsoil and seed being completed within several weeks of the survey work. 

Hydro Excavation Water Service notice

Water Service Line Replacements

Project Area                                                       Tentative Start Date            Tentative Completion Date         Status 

Mill and Overlay Street Project Areas-See above         March 

           June                                              Ongoing




Updates & Resources
  • Manhole rehabilitation will be completed on all mill and overlay street projects in advance of road construction during the months of May through August 2023. 
  • No impact to utility service.
  • Contractor: Havener Tech, Inc 


Updates & Resources
  • Catch basin rehabilitation will be completed on all mill and overlay street projects in advance of road construction during the months of May and August 2023.
  • Contractor: Havener Tech, Inc 



In 2015, East Grand Rapids voters approved a 10-year, 2.0-mill Streets and Sidewalks Millage request. The City updates its progress towards our 70% goal each fall after the construction season to benchmark our progress. Since the passing, the City has worked aggressively to upgrade the 47 miles of street and 80 miles of sidewalk within the City. Construction projects are subject to change depending on bid results and allocated funds. The City has 47.26 miles of streets. Below is a graph of our current progress reflecting the road work completed.

 The Cost of Timely Maintenance 
Proper street maintenance and surface preservation treatments at the right time (per PASER asset condition rating) is important to maintain the street surface condition, maximizing the impact of investment, while extending the life of the street asset.

The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) provides best practices for road preservation based on a road's specific PASER rating. The City uses these best practices when deciding how to best preserve the lifespan of our roads. Take a look at the recommended surface treatments in accordance to PASER ratings.

The blue line shows road condition projection if no additional funding was received. The green line projects road conditions through the 10-year period of the Street & Sidewalk Millage using the additional 2.0 mills approved by EGR voters. The red line shows current ratings with approved millage.

View specific road PASER details and progress by reviewing the following maps:

PASER Ratings Information Guide

Additional Resources

Questions regarding the 2015 Streets & Sidewalk Millage can be directed by phone to 616.949.2110, by email Deputy City Manager Doug LaFave or by mail at 750 Lakeside Dr. SE, EGR, MI 49506.