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Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Loans Guide Available Now

Prein&Newhof has just released its updated 2015 Grants and Loans Guide! It covers several common and many creative resources available to Michigan communities looking for help paying for their infrastructure projects. It also offers grant-writing tips and highlights case studies of projects funded by grants. To request a free copy of the Grants and Loans […]

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Help Fund Walker’s New Pedestrian Tunnel under M-45

The Fred Meijer Standale Trail will add a key connection when the City of Walker builds a $2,000,000 pedestrian tunnel under five-lane M-45/Lake Michigan Drive near downtown Standale. Using a $1.1 million MDOT Transportation Alternative Program grant and over $120,000 from the city’s budget, Walker still needs to raise $800,000. If you’d like to participate […]

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Grants available to help communities plan water, sewer projects

If you need help with a new or an aging sewer or water system, but there is no money to get started, you should look into two US Department of Agriculture grant programs—PPG (Predevelopment Planning Grant) or SEARCH (Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households). Both PPG’s and SEARCH grants have a median household […]

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Village of Lyons Celebrates Bridge Street Completion

Tuesday the Ionia Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the Village of Lyons Bridge Street project. This project was completed this summer and features downtown and street infrastructure improvements paid for by the MEDC Downtown Infrastructure Grant. Read more about it here!

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Whitehall’s Lake Street Featured in Video

Prein&Newhof is excited to reveal a video that features the Lake Street reconstruction design in Whitehall. This was the first street segment in Michigan to treat all its stormwater runoff before it enters a surface water body—in this case, White Lake. This video shows the various “green” treatment technologies used in Whitehall. White Lake is […]

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P&N engineer runs 5k on trail he helped design

Last Saturday was the second annual 5K run/walk of the McCoy Creek Trail in Buchanan, Michigan. P&N Project Manager Dan Lewis, PE participated in the community event that showcases the trail that he helped design in 2013. Tom Smith, PE provided floodplain design and Mark Moored the construction observation. Lewis placed 20 out of 150! […]

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Michigan Dam Management Program Announces $350,000 Available for Dam Removals

If you have a dam removal project, you should check out the Michigan Dam Management Program. The application is due on November 14, 2014. For more information, contact Jim Hegarty, PE.

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MDNR Grants Booklet Highlights Available Grants

The MDNR publishes a listing of its grants every year. You can view the booklet here. MDNR’s 2014 grant programs include: Recreation Acquisition and Development Boating Dam Management Fisheries Forestry Wildlife Habitat Management Law Enforcement Trails Management Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) NEW! LWCF Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund […]

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Preventative Traffic Engineering: Leading the Way to Safety

This article summarizes an inspiring talk given by our traffic engineer, Ariana Jeske, PE, at the 2013 Institute of Transportation Engineers conference. Preventative traffic engineering refers to an approach to traffic engineering and planning that prevents, rather than reacts to, dangerous situations and accidents.  The key is keeping walkability in mind. The term “walkability” has […]

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Michigan’s Coastal Zone Management Program

About CZM MDEQ’s Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program promotes wise management of the cultural and natural resources of Michigan’s Great Lakes coast and provides grant funding for projects that support this vision. CZM is currently requesting proposals for recipients of its 2016 FY coastal grants for projects between October 1, 2015 and December 30, 2016 […]

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P&N mourns death of 60-year airport engineer, Bob Peckham

Our former colleague, friend, and consultant Bob Peckham passed away last week Thursday at the age of 92. We express our sympathy to his family, his long-time clients, and to his former and our current Traverse City office employees, Art Christiansen and Stephanie Green. Bob was a WWII veteran, devoted aeronautics engineer, and the founder […]

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Do you really need an engineer to design your trail?

Several years ago, I met Fred Meijer at a meeting. Mr. Meijer was well known for his philanthropy, especially in the development of bicycle paths across West Michigan. When he found out that I design these paths, he baitingly asked me, “Why do we need an engineer to design bike paths?” I gave him all […]

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Michigan Trails – Extensive Directory

Ever wonder just how extensive Michigan’s trails are? Google maps just doesn’t cut it when it comes to finding the best recreational, non-motorized paths close to your location. Michigan Trails Magazine and Website partners with the West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition (WMT&GC) and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA). Their website, TrailsMichigan.com, has […]

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Happy Michigan Trails Week! September 20-27

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed September 20-27 Michigan Trails Week, and the MDNR is inviting everyone to go off-road and to be part of the celebration. “Grab your friends and family, find a trail and let the adventure begin!” To end the week, on September 27, Recreation Passports and vehicle entry fees will be waived […]

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Funds available to remove dams and replace culverts

The US Fish & Wildlife Service once again has funds available to help owners remove dams and replace old culverts. The application deadline is November 7, 2014. The National Fish Passage Program provides funds to remove dams and to replace “perched” culverts—those that prohibit upstream fish passage because the culvert bottom is too high for […]

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Round Two SAW Grant Recipients Announced

MDEQ has released the Round Two SAW Grant Recipients List. Those communities highlighted in blue will receive a total of over $91 million in SAW Grants later this fall. Congratulations to all of them!

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