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    ​Ottawa Hills Street Lighting
    Street Lighting (All Streets in the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood)
    Temporary Paving (Various Streets in the Neighborhood)
    Pontiac Resurfacing (Franklin to east City limit)

    Project Update
    The Pontiac (Franklin to east City limit) resurfacing will begin Monday, April 24. 

    Construction Schedule
    Street Lighting Installation: March - July 2017
    Streets impacted include all streets in the Ottawa Hills neighborhood bound by Franklin, Giddings, Hall, and the east City limit. 

    Pontiac Resurfacing: April - May 2017

    Temporary Paving: late April or early May - June 2017
    Streets impacted include:
    • Alexander (Giddings to east City limits)
    • Chippewa (Franklin to Hall)
    • Fisk (Iroquois to Cadillac)
    • Giddings (Pontiac to Mackinaw)
    • Iroquois (Franklin to Hall)
    • Seminole (Cadillac to east City limits)​

    Street Lighting Installation Information
    The City of Grand Rapids will soon install ornamental street lights in the Ottawa Hills neighborhood as part of the special assessment passed by property owners and approved by City Commission in July 2016. Additionally, the City will resurface Pontiac (Franklin to East City Limit) and temporary pave several streets in the neighborhood​.

    Driveway Approaches and Sidewalks
    • Construction will impact and replace some drive approaches and sidewalk. 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 work is directly in front of a driveway.
    • For the most part, the work will be done in the parkway (area between curb and sidewalk) using a trenching technique.
    • Disturbed parkways 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.
    Access and Parking
    • Occasionally, the contractor will work in the street to locate utilities, causing lane or full closures for a few hours at a time. Closed streets will have resident and emergency vehicle access maintained.
    • No parking will be allowed on the street during construction hours when work is in the area.
    Special Assessment
    The special assessment will be put on property tax bills after the final street lighting project cost is calculated after project completion.

    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.
    Resurfacing Information
    While under construction, Pontiac traffic may be limited to one-way traffic and closed to through traffic with resident and emergency vehicle access maintained. For more information on resurfacing, please click here.

    Temporary Paving Information
    For more information on temporary paving, please click here.​

    Engagement History
    Construction Preparation Meeting
    02-22-17 at 7:00 p.m.
    Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School 
    Media Center
    1050 Iroquois Drive SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Contact Informatio​n 
    311 or 616-456-3000