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    Reconstruction (Hall to Oxford)
    Under Construction

    Project Updates
    Construction on Dorchester begins this week. Crews are beginning work on the south end of the street.

    Construction on Dorchester is now scheduled to start in spring 2017. Prior to construction starting, a mailer will be sent to all residents and property owners and this website will be updated.

    Construction Schedule
    March - June 2017​

    The project will:
    • separate combined sewer into dedicated sanitary and storm sewers. 
    • replace existing curb, gutter, pavement, and drive approaches 
    • add new curb and gutter from Hall to Curve and make the street a consistent 30 feet wide. New sidewalk will be installed on the west side of the road and parking will be added adjacent to Kensington Park.
    • upgrade sidewalks and ramps to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. New sidewalk will be added on Hall to connect to the existing sidewalk to the east.
    • install green infrastructure such as street trees, rain gardens, porous pavement, and/or infiltration basins to retain and soak stormwater into the ground to filter pollutants and reduce runoff entering natural bodies of water.
    • create bulb-outs on the east side of the road at the Eton and Curve intersections to create room for rain gardens, better define parking spaces, and lessen the street crossing distance for people walking. 
    Construction Information
    Street Reconstruction 
    • The street’s full width will be resurfaced including curb and gutter. 
    • The street will include porous pavement in the parking lanes from Curve to Oxford and in front of Kensington Park. 
    Driveway Approaches and Sidewalks
    • All drive approaches and some sidewalk will be replaced. Affected residents will not have access to their driveways for 5-7 days while the work is completed and the concrete cures. The contractor will coordinate with those affected in advance.
    • Driveway access may not be available when road work is directly in front of a driveway.
    Parkways and Street Trees
    • Parkways (area between curb and sidewalk) will be restored with grass. Residents are encouraged to water the area regularly to help the grass establish and prevent weed growth. Please visit the grass and lawn care page​ for more information.​
    • Property owners should remove all existing plantings, landscaping, etc. they want to save prior to the start of construction.
    • Property owners who have a sprinkler system are asked to mark their sprinkler heads with flags, sticks, or spray paint. Sprinklers that are broken by construction operations will be repaired.
    • Some street trees may be removed as they are in the way of planned excavation or infrastructure work. In these cases, the work would damage the tree’s major roots and the tree would not survive, or recover from, construction. The Forestry Division may plant new street trees after project completion.
    Access, Parking, and Detour Route
    • During construction, the street will be closed to through traffic with resident and emergency vehicle access maintained. 
    • No parking will be allowed on the street during construction hours.
    Recycling, Refuse, and Mail
    • Recycling and refuse will be maintained but bins must be placed in their normal spots the night before collection day. Failing to do so may result in a missed collection. When trucks cannot access the street due to construction, the contractor will move the bins to where they can be emptied and return them.
    • Mail delivery will be maintained.
    Construction Hours
    Typical construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Occasionally, work may be done on Sunday. Work hours are dependent on weather and the contractor’s schedule.

    Rain Barrels
    As part of the City’s efforts to better manage stormwater, residents are encouraged to participate in a rain barrel workshop hosted by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. Please visit or call the Council at 616-451-3051 for more information.

    Engagement History
    Construction Preparation Mailer

    Construction Preparation Meeting
    05-12-16 at 6:00 p.m.
    Black Hills Community Center
    1035 Godfrey Avenue SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

    Contact Information 
    311 or 616-456-3000