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    Reconstruction (B to Franklin)
    Pending Construction

    Construction Update
    This project will tentatively start June 13 or 14.

    Construction Schedule
    June​​​​​ - August 2017​


    The project will:

    • ​install new water main.
    • reconstruct the street and make it a consistent width.
    • upgrade sidewalks and ramps to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • plant street trees to retain and soak stormwater into the ground to filter pollutants and reduce runoff entering natural bodies of water.
    • create bulb-outs at the Oakland and Franklin intersection to lessen the street crossing distance for people walking. 
    Constructi​on Information
    Street Reconstruction
    The street’s full width will be reconstructed including curb and gutter.

    Water Main
    • ​​The water main and, if needed, existing water service lines into houses 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.
    Driveway Approaches and Sidewalks

    • ​All drive approaches and sidewalk squares 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.
    • 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.
    • The Forestry Division will plant new street trees after project completion.

    Access, Parking, and Detour Route

    • ​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.
    ​Other Items
    • ​​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 or call the Council at 616-451-3051 for more information.
    Engagement History

    Construction Preparation Meeting
    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Cook Arts Center
    644 Grandville Ave SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503​

    Contact Inf​ormation