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    Bridge, Winter, and Summer
    Reconstruction and Streetscape

    Completed 2015

    Project Summary
    This project reconstructed sections of Bridge Street and Summer Avenue on the city’s Westside are now transformed with newly paved roadways, expanded walkways, outdoor restaurant seating spaces, brick pavers and more. This design took into account the increased pedestrian traffic expected in the neighborhood with recent and future development. The city consulted with local stakeholders and many business owners in the project area prior to creating the final design​. The $1.46 million project was funded by the city’s Vital Streets Capital, Capital Improvement, Water System, and Streets Capital Funds; Consumers Energy; and the Downtown Development Authority​

    ​Affected Roads
    • Bridge (Winter to Summer)
    • Winter (100' south of Bridge to Bridge)
    • Summer (Douglas to Bridge)
    The new design includes:
    • reduced parking on Bridge Street’s south side between Winter and Summer Avenues to expand the sidewalk to provide space for restaurant seating, bike parking, trees, brick pavers, and additional foot traffic. The sidewalk was also expanded on Summer and Winter Avenues.
    • permeable brick pavers in the parking lane to soak stormwater into the ground to filter pollutants and reduce runoff entering natural bodies of water.
    • underground street light and communication infrastructure.
    • upgraded sidewalks and ramps to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • bulb-outs where Bridge Street intersects with Winter and Summer Avenues to minimize the street crossing distance for people walking.
    • fire services on Bridge Street.
    • a new water main on Summer Avenue.
    • a new traffic signal at the Broadway Avenue and Bridge Street intersection. The signal will make it easier for people to walk across Bridge Street and facilitate safer vehicle turning movements from Broadway Avenue.​
    • new street lights.
    Business Guide
    We understand that businesses are sensitive to construction. For this reason, we’ve created a guide containing tips and tricks for businesses during construction.​

    This picture shows Bridge Street after construction with new pavement and brick banding along the sidewalk.

    Engagement History
    Construction Preparation

    Preferred Design Meeting
    04-24-15 at 1 p.m.
    St. James Church
    733 Bridge Street NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    ​Mailer (04-09-15)

    Concept Design Meeting
    03-19-15 at 6 p.m.
    St. James Church
    733 Bridge Street NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Mailer (03-06-15)
    Presentation (03-19-15)​

    Post construction view of Bridge Street showing new brick banding on the sidewalk, new pavement on the street, and  parking lane

    Contact Information 
    311 or 616-456-3000