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$60 billion needed to fix Michigan’s infrastructure, says 21st Century Infrastructure Commission

Asset management is a key component to fixing roads, sewers, and water systems By Brian Vilmont, PE Today Governor Snyder unveiled the final report of his 21st Century Infrastructure Commission, citing the need for $60 billion over the next 20 years to fix our state’s ailing infrastructure systems. A key part of the Committee’s recommendations is […]

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Rural Development interest rates plunge to lowest ever!

By Jim Hegarty If you’re thinking of doing a sewer or water project in Michigan, and your community has fewer than 10,000 residents, you should consider financing it through the United States Department of Agriculture–Rural Development. Their current ‘poverty’ interest rate is 1.375%, their ‘intermediate’ interest rate is 1.785%, and their market rate is 2.25%. To explore this opportunity, please […]

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Do you have enough downtown parking?

By Kimberly Jongsma, Public Outreach and Planning Specialist Finding a place to park is often an issue in downtowns, especially during events. The first solution most people think of is to add more spaces and lots, but making convenient “free” parking a sole priority can decrease a downtown’s vibrancy. There is such a thing as too much parking (think of Kmart lots). […]

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Spoonville Trail – Now Open to the Public!

Ottawa County recently celebrated the opening of Phase I of the Spoonville Trail with a Ribbon–Cutting and Donor Recognition Ceremony. The new non–motorized trail stretches almost two miles from North Cedar Drive in Robinson Township to Leonard Road in Crockery Township. Phase II, which is scheduled for summer 2017 construction, will expand the path an additional two miles from Leonard Road and 120th Avenue […]

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Sanitary Sewer Condition Assessment Results Are Encouraging

Many of Prein&Newhof’s professionals have been looking inside buried sewer pipes—hundreds of miles of them. It’s not glamourous, but this is how we help communities manage their systems more cost–effectively. Using Stormwater and Wastewater (SAW) Grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) since 2013, P&N has inspected and rated the condition of about […]

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Stormwater Permits – We can help!

By Dana R. Burd, P.E., LEED AP Does your facility require an Industrial Storm Water Permit? If you have storm water leaving your site, the answer could be ‘yes’. The Michigan DEQ began issuing Industrial Storm Water Permits in 1994. Regulated facilities that have never obtained a permit may qualify for a Consent Order (as described […]

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Check out Downtown Cadillac’s Transformation

Cadillac’s downtown improvements are almost complete! A new splash pad, outdoor fireplace, and a beautiful arch will add an inviting touch to the new Plaza gathering space in the heart of downtown Cadillac. The Plaza is one part of a series of improvements recommended by Cadillac’s PlacePlan. In 2014, the City of Cadillac applied for MIplace Partnership assistance from […]

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Massive Dam Funding Program Proposed in Senate Bill

By James R. Hegarty, PE Senate Bill 2848: The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 was introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) in June 2016, and is awaiting passage by the Senate. This is the most significant dam funding proposal in my memory. If the amendment passes, it will provide up to $60 million annually […]

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Prein&Newhof chosen for 2016 PSMJ Circle of Excellence

PSMJ Resources, Inc. is a leading management consulting firm for the architecture and engineering industries. Each year it conducts a financial performance benchmark survey of firms, recognizing the top 20% of survey participants. There are 13 key performance metrics in a wide range of business management areas that determine the top 20%. Prein&Newhof is pleased […]

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$500,000 in GLFT grants available for shore–based fishing projects

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) will accept applications until 5:00PM on August 23, 2016, for projects that provide shore–based fishing access opportunities along Lake Michigan or the lower portions of its tributary waters. New access sites, upgrades to existing access sites, boardwalks, breakwalls, or fishing platforms/piers are eligible. Engineering studies to develop fishing access also qualify. You […]

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Port of Muskegon at Heritage Landing brings tourists to town

Did you know there is a luxury cruise ship that sails our very own Great Lakes during the summer months? On its voyage, the Pearl Mist, a 325–foot–long ship, travels back and forth between Chicago, Illinois and Toronto, Ontario—frequently stopping along the shores of Michigan and Canada for day visits. Recently, the Pearl Mist made its first […]

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Tributaries along Hart-Montague Trail get New Culverts and Bridge

Contractors have just installed a new bridge and two culverts over Carleton Creek, a trout stream crossing the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail. Below is a photo of one culvert before it was installed. The former culverts were interrupting fish passage. The new culverts are wide enough to accommodate for the stream’s flow and restore the ability […]

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What Infrastructure Planning Looks Like

Governor Snyder’s Executive Directive seeks multi–agency cooperation on infrastructure projects Have you ever seen a brand new road torn up to replace a pipe? Did you think to yourself, “Couldn’t they plan that better?” The answer: Probably! Through his Executive Directive, Governor Snyder thinks infrastructure planning among road agencies, municipalities, and utilities can improve, too. […]

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Video: Charlevoix Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

The City of Charlevoix partnered with Prein&Newhof to redesign its wastewater treatment plant located on the coast of Lake Michigan. “Why?” You ask. The plant was experiencing some significant problems. It had difficulties appropriately nitrifying cold water in the winter, managing the increased demand for water during the warmer tourist months, and meeting new MDEQ regulations and safety standards. So […]

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P&N Mourns the Loss of Eric Westra, Colleague and Friend

We are saddened by the death of Eric Westra, who was a part of the Prein&Newhof team for almost two years. Many saw it as an honor to know and work with Eric for the time that he was with P&N.  His faith, optimism, and courage, and that of his wife Chelsea, shone brightly during […]

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Non-Motorized Bridge Wins Two Awards

Congratulations to the City of Ionia and our P&N project team for winning the American Public Works Association (APWA) Michigan Chapter Project of the Year in the Quality of Life category, for the Grand River Valley Trail and Bridge over M–66 project. This project combined pedestrian safety with unique design to create a win–win situation […]

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