Construction Updates

Looking for 2020 construction highlights? Read last year's Construction Recap.
 


HALL STREET PROJECT  

At its Dec. 21, 2020 meeting, the City Commission approved Hall Street plan option 3-modified. The approval of this plan includes adding dedicated bike lanes on the southside of Hall Street from Grace Episcopal Church east to Lakeside Drive, modifying existing bump-outs several feet to accommodate sharrow pavement markings throughout the remainder of the project area instead of a slot-through design option. This will allow for all existing on-street parking to also remain unchanged with no loss of parking spaces. 

Background
The cities of East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids have secured federal grant funding for a collaborative roto mill and resurfacing project on Hall Street from Plymouth Road to Lake Drive. The project was approved in the regional Transportation Improvement Plan through our metropolitan planning organization, the Grand Valley Metro Council

There are two portions of this project: a shared portion with Grand Rapids, and a portion EGR will take on its own. The shared portion extends from Plymouth Road to approximately Wilshire Drive. Federal funds towards this shared section are $245,643 with the local match of approximately $250,000, which will be split equally between EGR and Grand Rapids. EGR's section stretches from approximately Wilshire Drive to Lake Drive and is programmed with federal funding of $641,718 with the local match to EGR at $208,282.  

Updates
  •  Punch list items remain, including but not limited to general clean up, irrigation repairs, signage installations/removals, ADA ramp adjustments remain and are anticipated to be completed in the near future.
Resources
Please contact the City at 616.940.4817 with questions regarding this project.



STREET & SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

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 City has worked aggressively to upgrade the 47 miles of street and 80 miles of sidewalk within the City. 

Please review the following 2021 construction project details and note they are subject to change depending on bid results and allocated funds. You can also download the complete 2021 road projects map for a high-level view of this year's work. 

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE 
Streets that are not marked for construction this summer may still receive preventative maintenance if necessary. City Department of Public Works crews or contractors may apply mastic and//or crack seal to PASER rated streets that are rated 6/7 throughout the spring and summer seasons. More details regarding the 2015 Street Millage, including an updated PASER map, can be found below.

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


MILL & OVERLAY STREETS

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. 

Updates

  • Door hangers have been distributed to residents and "no parking signs" will be placed in advance of the milling and paving operations
  • Phase 2 is ahead of schedule, reflected below
  • Due to favorable construction bids and asset management criteria, the City has added three additional streets for phase 4
PROJECT AREA
START DATEAPPROXIMATE
COMPLETION DATE
STATUS
PHASE 1



Asbury Road
Brighton to end
April 26End of AprilCompleted
Tenway Drive
Englewood Drive to Oxford Road
April 26End of AprilCompleted
PHASE 2



Richards Drive
Breton Road to Lake Grove Avenue
Mid-MayEnd of MayCompleted
Richards Drive
Conlon Avenue to Andover Road
Mid-MayEnd of May

Completed
Willshire Drive
Breton Road to Oakwood Drive
Mid-MayEnd of May

Completed
Anderson Drive
Hall Street to Pinecrest Avenue
Mid-MayEnd of May

Completed
Lenox Road
Hall Street to Anderson Drive
Mid-MayEnd of May

Completed
Orchard Avenue
Hall Street to Burchard Street
Mid-MayEnd of May

Completed
San Jose Drive
Burchard Street to Argentine Drive
Mid-MayEnd of May

Completed
PHASE 3



Pinecrest Avenue
San Lu Rae Drive to Argentnia Drive
Late May/early JuneEarly/mid-JulyCompleted

Orchard Avenue
Lakeside Drive to Argentina Drive
Late May/early June

Early/mid-JulyCompleted

Lakeside Drive
Lake Drive to Argentina Drive
Late May/early JuneEarly/mid-July

Completed

Floral Avenue
San Lu Rae Drive to Argentina Drive
Late May/early JuneEarly/mid-JulyCompleted

Locust Avenue
Lake Drive to Sherman Street
Late May/early JuneWeek of July 12Completed

PHASE 4



Exeter Road
Englewood Drive to Brighton Drive
Early/mid-JulyWeek of July 12Completed

Gladstone Drive
Sherman Street to Reed Street
Early/mid-JulyWeek of July 12Completed
Wren Avenue
Woodcliff Circle to Bonnell Avenue
Early/mid-JulyWeek of July 12Completed


CAPE SEAL STREETS

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

Cape seal projects are tentatively scheduled to be completed in July/early August. Preparation work including mastic joint repairs and spot milling and paving will be completed in June in advance of the cape seal treatments. Work will be completed in collaboration between EGR DPW and the KCRC. Preparation work will have minimal impact to traffic.  

Resources

PROJECT AREA
START DATEAPPROXIMATE
COMPLETION DATE
STATUS
Boston Street
Breton Road to Laurel Avenue
Tentative August 2

Tentative for completion by August 5Completed.  .
Lake Grove Avenue
Hall Street to Lake Drive
Tentative August 2
Tentative for completion by August 5
Completed.
Princeton Boulevard
Lake Drive to End
Tentative August 2
Tentative for completion by August 5
Completed.
Hall Street Eastbound
Lake Drive to Woodcliff Drive
Tentative August 2
Tentative for completion by August 5
Cape seal-Completed.


Hall Street Westbound
Woodcliff Circle to Bonnell Avenue
Tentative August 2
Tentative for completion by August 5
Cape seal-Completed.


San Lu Rae Drive
Lake Drive to Plymouth Road
Tentative August 2
Tentative for completion by August 5
Completed.
Wealthy Street
Lakeside Drive to Lovett Avenue
Tentative August 2
Tentative for completion by August 4
Completed. 
Lakeside Drive
Lansing Street to Robinson Road
Tentative August 2
Tentative for completion by August 5
Completed.  


MICRO-SURFACE STREETS

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.

Updates

  • Micro-surface is anticipated to be completed in late June/early July.

 Resources


PROJECT AREA
START DATEAPPROXIMATE
COMPLETION DATE
STATUS
Laurel Circle
Lake Drive to end
June 23 June 23Completed


SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION

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.

Updates

  • The 2021 sidewalk rehabilitation and replacement program is underway in the southwest are of the City.  Work began in April and is anticipated to be completed in May. 
Resources


SANITARY SEWER UTILITY SYSTEM

SANITARY SEWER LIFT STATION PROJECTS

Sanitary sewer lift stations located on Reeds Lake Boulevard at the Department of Public Works Complex and Greenwood Avenue/Lakeside Drive will be overhauled with new piping, pumps and electrical from December 2020 through April 2021. Project work will be confined to site locations and no impact is anticipated for residents.

PROJECT AREASTART DATEAPPROXIMATE
COMPLETION DATE
STATUS
Greenwood Lift Station

Winter 2020AprilCompleted
Public Works Lift Station

Winter 2020AprilCompleted


SANITARY SEWER REHABILITATION

Updates

  • The sanitary sewer contractor will be cleaning and televising the sanitary sewer main that will be rehabilitated starting the week of April 26
Resources

PROJECT AREA
START DATEAPPROXIMATE
COMPLETION DATE
STATUS
Pioneer Club Road 
Reeds Lake Boulevard to Manhattan Road

Week of May 10Completed
Wealthy Street
Lovett Avenue to Bagley Avenue

Week of June 1Completed
Wealthy Street
Lovett Avenue to Bagley Avenue

Week of May 17Completed
Orchard Avenue
Argentina Drive to Lakeside Drive

Week of May 17Completed
Wealthy Street
Cambridge Boulevard to 150' West of Plymouth

Late MayCompleted
San Lu Rae Drive
150' West of San Lucia Drive

Week of June 21Completed


STORM SEWER REHABILITATION

Updates
  • This work has been completed. Additional information will be posted when lining work is scheduled.
 Resources
  • Contractor: Corby Energy Services; Project Manager Josh Freeman, 734.604.5109

PROJECT AREA
START DATEAPPROXIMATE
COMPLETION DATE
STATUS
Richards Drive to Maplewood Drive cross lot storm sewer
End of MarchAugustPending
Woodcliff Drive
1520 Woodcliff Drive Cross Lots to the East
End of MarchJuly/AugustCompleted
Cambridge Drive
1100 Cambridge Spot Repair
End of MarchJuneCompleted



WATER UTILITY SYSTEM

WATER MAIN REHABILITATION (CURED-IN-PLACE PIPE)

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

Resources
PROJECT AREA
START DATEAPPROXIMATE
COMPLETION DATE
STATUS
Beechwood Drive
Lake Grove Avenue to Beechwood Gravel Section
(1600 LF of 6-inch cast-iron main installed in 1925)
JulySeptember Completed.  Service line replacements will be completed by DPW crews throughout the fall/winter. residents will be notified in advance.  The street will be milled and paved next spring with the utility work completed.
Gladstone Avenue
Lake Drive to Wealthy Street
(450 LF of 6-inch cast-iron main installed in 1925)
July

SeptemberCompleted.   Service line replacements will be completed by DPW crews throughout the fall/winter. 
Manhattan Lane easement  
End of cul-de-sac to end
(947 feet of 6 inch ductile iron installed in 1965)
JulySeptemberCompleted.
Wealthy Street
Gladstone to the west City limit
(129 feet of  2-inch iron installed in 1919 to 6-inch ductile iron)
July/AugustAugust/SeptemberCompleted. General site restorations and clean up will be completed in the coming weeks.


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



MANHOLE REHABILITATION PROGRAM

Updates & Resources


CATCH BASIN REHABILITATION PROGRAM

Updates & Resources

Construction

STREET & SIDEWALK MILLAGE

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.


2020 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:

Additional Resources

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