Street & Sidewalk Construction Update

  • In 2015, City residents passed a ballot proposal to allow the City to collect 2.0 mills for street and sidewalk improvements. 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. 

2018 Project Map

Construction Updates

  • Manhattan Storm Sewer (in easement between Manhattan LN to Reeds Lake outfall) –This project is completed. 
  • Argentina Water Main-Breton to Pinecrest - This project is completed
  • Boston Water Main-Andover to Conlon - This project is completed.
  • Arundel Storm Sewer-Arundel to Berwyck - This project is completed.
  • Street-Grind and Resurface Projects -These projects have been completed.
  • Sidewalks Program -The sidewalk program for FY 18-19 target areas in the SE area of the City have been completed with remaining target areas for the current FY taking place in fall 2018 or spring 2019. 
  • Durant Street Special Assessment - Beginning September 17th and finishing at the end of October/early November. (See link to notice below for more information). Update 10/12/18 -This project is nearing completion. The curb, drive approaches, yard restorations and base/leveling course of paving was completed this week. The final top course of paving is tentatively scheduled for next week Tuesday.
  • Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) Water Main Projects-Various Locations - Beginning early September and finishing at the end of October/early November. Cured In Place Pipe is a less pervasive way of rehabilitating older water mains that only requires a couple access pits, rather than having to dig up and replace the entire water main. Through these access pits, the city's contractor is able to run the new Cured In Place Pipe in and through the older water main, extending the life of the water main line. (See link to notice below under "Notices" for more information). City DPW crews have started ahead of the contractor so that all site prep work is completed in order to move the contractor through the project areas as efficiently as possible. Once the contractor starts each project area rehabilitation work should be completed within two to three weeks.
• Water main CIPP project area updates:
o Robinson Rd:
 Phase 1 (from west of Lakeside to Mercer) This project area is nearing completion. Crews are backfilling access pits and transitioning residents from temporary above ground water service to the restored water main. Monday October 22 and Tuesday October 23 a completed closure of Robinson Rd will take place to restore several of the water services noted. The detour will be signed. Base asphalt material will start late this week and be completed into next week with the top course completed by a paving contractor for completion in this area.
 Phase 2 on Robinson (Mercer to El Centro) This project area is currently underway. Phase 2 could only be started after Phase 1 in order to provide consistent and reliable water service to residents on Mercer. The Phase 2 area currently has access pits excavated and the contractor is cleaning out tuberculation out or the main. The new CIPP liners will be installed starting next week.
o Englewood: The rehabilitated main is back in service and residents are being transitioned off of the above ground temporary service to the new main. The access pits are being backfilled and preparation for paving to conclude the project.
o Indian Trail/Frederick Utility Easement: The rehabilitated main is back in service and residents are being transitioned off of the above ground temporary service to the new main. The access pits are being backfilled and preparation for paving to conclude the project.
o Conlon Utility Easement from Oakwood to Hall: Chlorination of the CIPP lined main is underway along with testing. This section is anticipated to be back in service the week of October 22 with paving and restorations to follow.

Rosewood Ave SE Closure for Utility Work
A section of Rosewood Avenue SE will be closed in between Reed Street SE and Franklin Street SE from Tuesday, October 23rd, to Thursday, October 25th, due to water utility work.

Access will remain for residents in the impacted areas of Rosewood Ave. Southbound traffic on Rosewood Avenue SE will be detoured east on Sherman Street SE, and then south onto Cambridge Blvd. SE towards Franklin Street SE. Residents who live on Rosewood Avenue SE in between Reed Street SE and Franklin Street SE will still be allowed access to their homes, and crews on site will do their best to accommodate any ingress or egress problems.

Breton Road Project

This year's signature project was Breton Road, which included removing and replacing the street surface, ADA ramp upgrades, traffic signal upgrades and several areas of road base and spot curb replacement. This project is completed.
As Breton is a Federal-aid eligible road project, the City received ~$651,796 in funding from the Federal Highway Administration that are administered through the Michigan Department of Transportation. The local contribution is estimated at ~$198,004.

Detour Map for Breton Road Project
Breton Road Closure Frequently Asked Questions
2018 Breton Rd Top Course Paving Notice

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. 

Preventative maintenance 

Preventative street maintenance is scheduled to take place during the month of June that will have an impact on several major streets in East Grand Rapids. Traffic on the streets noted during these times will be impacted. The City encourages motorists and residents avoid these streets during the time frames noted by seeking alternative routes or plan extra time for their destinations with traffic delays present. The schedule is subject to change depending on weather. 

Upcoming Preventative Maintenance Work

The City will complete some preventative maintenance with the Kent County Road Commission scheduled for October 2 (weather dependent). This work will include spot grind and resurface areas in advance of sealing treatments scheduled for next spring.

Tentative work schedule is shown below:
(Notice: schedule may change due to weather, equipment breakdowns, and scheduling conflicts.)

Woodshire Ave.- on the morning of 9-18-2018.
Lake Dr. from Hall St. to Eastlawn Rd.- late morning of 9-18-2018.
Hall St. from Lake Dr. to San Jose Dr.- the afternoon of 9-18-2018 and/or the morning of 9-19-2018.

On 9-19-2018:
Wilshire Dr. east of Pinecrest Ave.
Plymouth Rd. – south of Franklin St.
Lake Dr. – west of Bagley Ave.
Lake Dr. – west of Gladstone Ave.
Wealthy St. – Laurel Ave. to Greenwood Ave.

Signs, arrow boards, and traffic regulators (flaggers) will be used at these locations.
There will be delays to traffic. Work has been scheduled to avoid as much as possible the peak morning and afternoon school rushes.

Work near East Grand Rapids Public Schools locations will not start until after school starts and be completed when school ends to avoid traffic congestion. Most work will be conducted without a traffic closure, however, traffic shifts or temporary detours may be needed for safety of the work crew, pedestrians and motorists.

*UPDATE 10/12/18*
The Kent County Road Commission was able to complete most of the preventative maintenance work noted above. They are scheduled to return next Tuesday (10/16/18) to complete remaining sections on Lake Drive, Plymouth Road, and Wealthy Street. This tentative date may be affected due to weather or machine break downs.

Click here for a map of affected areas. 


2018 Grind and Resurface Notices to Residents of Streets Impacted
2018 Notice to Residents for Sidewalk Construction
2018 Grind and Resurface Notices for Breton
2018 Boston Water Main and Street Project Notice
2018 Arundel Storm Sewer and Street Project Notice
2018 Argentina Water Main and Street Project Notice
2018 Yard Restoration Notice
2018 Breton Road Closure Frequently Asked Questions
FY 2018-2019 Sidewalk Program Summer/Fall 2018
2018 Breton Rd Top Course Paving Notice
2018 Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) Water Main Project Notice
2018 Durant St Special Assessment Project Notice


Street & Sidewalk Millage 

On May 5, 2015, East Grand Rapids voters approved a 10-year, 2.0-mill Streets and Sidewalks Millage request.  

2018 Paser Rating

  • Blue line shows road condition projection if no additional funding was received.  
  • Green line projects road conditions through the 10-year period of the Street & Sidewalk Millage using the additional 2.0 mills approved by East Grand Rapids voters. 
  • Red line shows current ratings with approved millage. 


Information Links:

Questions regarding the East Grand Rapids Streets & Sidewalk millage can be directed to 616-949-2110 or to City Clerk Karen Brower by email or to 750 Lakeside Drive SE, EGR MI 49506.