Work has begun on Prospect (Hastings to Trowbridge).
Phase 1 of this project reconstructed Hastings and Trowbridge. New water mains were installed, a new sanitary sewer was installed on Trowbridge, sidewalks and ramps were upgraded to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and infiltration basins were installed to retain and soak stormwater into the ground to filter pollutants and reduce runoff entering natural bodies of water.
Phase 1: September - November 2016
- Trowbridge (Lafayette to North Ave. Alley)
- Hastings (Lafayette to Prospect)
Phase 2: March - June 2017
- Prospect (Hastings to Trowbridge)
- install new sanitary and storm sewer.
- install new water main.
- reconstruct the street.
- upgrade sidewalks and ramps to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- install infiltration basins to retain and soak stormwater into the ground to filter pollutants and reduce runoff entering natural bodies of water.
- The streets’ full width will be reconstructed including curb and gutter.
- The parkway (area between curb and sidewalk) and sidewalk adjacent to Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) 500 Lafayette building project, located west of Prospect and south of Trowbridge, will be reconstructed with that project and not this road reconstruction project.
- The water main and existing water service lines up to the property lines will be replaced.
- Typically, there will be two water shutdowns: once when the new main is placed in service (4 to 8 hours) and another to connect individual water services for each property to the new main (2 to 4 hours). There may be a third shut down to complete the final main switch. The contractor will provide notice 24 hours in advance. Occasionally, a water main may accidentally break during construction. If this should happen, there will not be notification, but repairs will be made as quickly as possible to restore service.
- Following a water shutdown, calcified deposits may be dislodged by water pressure once the system is turned back on. Please run outside faucets first and then the faucets in all sinks to clear the lines. If some faucets are running slowly, it may be necessary to check the screens and clean off any debris.
The sanitary sewer and sanitary laterals up to the property line will be replaced. There will be no interruption to sewer service.
- On Prospect, the storm sewer will be replaced with a new storm sewer main and stormwater inlets.
- On Trowbridge, only the stormwater inlets are proposed to be replaced.
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
- Disturbed 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 plants, 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 during construction 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. If needed, this project will plant new trees further from infrastructure to lessen tree removal in the future.
- Street trees adjacent to GVSU’s 500 Lafayette building project will be planted as part of that project.
Access, Parking, and Detour Route
- Streets under construction will be closed to through traffic with resident and emergency vehicle access maintained.
- No parking will be allowed on the street during construction hours.
- Lafayette may be detoured for a short time during the water main construction. The detour will utilize Michigan, Coit, and Fairbanks.
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.
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.
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 wmeac.org/rainbarrels or call the Council at 616-451-3051 for more information.