The cities of East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids have secured federal grant funding for a collaborative rotomill and resurfacing project on Hall Street from Plymouth Road to Lake Drive. The project was approved in the regional Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) through our metropolitan planning organization, the Grand Valley Metro Council. This project is slated for summer 2021.
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.
EGR has been working with Progressive AE to create a communitywide Mobility/Bicycle Action Plan to identify, plan and integrate bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in a coordinated effort with neighboring communities. Though the plan is not yet completed, bike lane facilities on Hall Street connecting to Grand Rapids are identified change to this street segment. Over the past 20 years, citizen-initiated traffic-calming bump-outs have been installed on Hall Street to lower speeds. Proposed modifications and draft design plans (see below) indicate the City intends to keep these traffic-calming bump-outs while incorporating bike lane facilities with “slot-through” bump-out modifications where practical and feasible in coordination with similar infrastructure with Grand Rapids.
EGR will be sending notifications by mail to residents of the upcoming impacted area beyond promoting and soliciting greater community input and feedback through newsletters in water/sewer bills, City website, social media and e-newsletters.
From Monday, Nov. 16 to Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the City will have sets of plans available for review in the lower level of the Community Center. In a “rolling open house” fashion, small groups of citizens are welcome to visit City Hall to view these plans, complete comment/question cards and ask questions in person. Masks, physical distancing and adherence to facility entrance questionnaire will be required. Engineering consultants will also be present throughout the week. Drafted plans, project support materials and comment/question cards are also available below for remote view and engagement. The plan and community feedback will be provided to the City Commission in advance of its Dec. 21 meeting.
The City will additionally host two virtual meetings to discuss the plans and answer any questions.
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The final plans will be completed and sent to the State by December for bid letting through the Michigan Department of Transportation's letting process. MDOT’s construction schedule for this project begins in June 2021, after the school year concludes.
Please contact the City at 616.940.4817 with questions and stay tuned for additional information.