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Muskegon’s Marquette Street: 13 years old and pothole-free!

By James Hegarty, PE and Chris Cruickshank, PE In 2001, Prein&Newhof designed a new 60-inch-diameter sewer line for Muskegon County under Marquette Street in the City of Muskegon. The contractor ripped up the entire four-lane street for almost two miles to install the pipe, which in some places was 15 feet deep. About a mile […]

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TIGER Grants Application due April 21

What Similar to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Act (TIGER) funds transportation-related stormwater projects. Click here to see a map of already-funded projects. How much $600 Million will be available nationwide for fiscal year 2014. US DOT awarded one Tiger Grant in Michigan in 2013. […]

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2014 SAW Grants Awarded March 12

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced the SAW Grant Awards on Wednesday, March 12, awarding $97M for 2014. We expect that the SAW grant program ($450M) will take another three or four years before exhausting its entire allotment. Stats: 673 Communities applied for SAW grants. MDEQ drew a total of 574 fund-able submittals that […]

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How to find money for your project: PART 5 – Is there hope for me?

This is the last of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. Face it. Finding grants and funding is hard work. Plus, it is getting harder. It requires equal measures of creativity, persistence, networking and passion. However, there is hope! When I was growing up, Senator William Proxmire of […]

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P&N’s Scott Post designing new M-66 trail in Ionia

At its March 4 meeting, Ionia’s City Council approved a resolution to apply for grant funding to construct Phase II of the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail. This phase of the project is approximately two miles of 10′ wide shared-use pathway in the heart of the City and includes a remarkable non-motorized bridge […]

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P&N’s Scott Post designing new M-66 trail in Ionia

At its March 4 meeting, Ionia’s City Council approved a resolution to apply for grant funding to construct Phase II of the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail. This phase of the project is approximately two miles of 10′ wide shared-use pathway in the heart of the City and includes a remarkable non-motorized bridge […]

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Harrison scores $598,000 downtown grant

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) presented the City of Harrison with a Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) of $598,000 for a four-block downtown streetscape. Prein&Newhof will design the streetscape to beautify downtown Harrison and calm traffic. P&N plans to design the project this spring and summer so construction can start after Labor Day. MEDC anticipates […]

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Grant Opportunities: Neighborhood Improvement • Historic Preservation

Neighborhood Improvement Assistance available from MSHDA Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s (MSHDA) MiNeighborhood program provides technical assistance and guidance to available resources that help improve residential areas in the proximity (within a ¼- ½ miles) of traditional commercial districts. Design Workshop Grants for Rural Communities The Citizens’ Institute on Real Design will match $7,000 in funds […]

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Prein&Newhof Named Airport Consulting Firm of the Year

Prein&Newhof was awarded Consultant of the Year by the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics on February 20, 2014. Prein&Newhof has selectively expanded its airport team in the last two years, increasing the depth of its service and adding new service offerings. “We have always served a range of airports from the smallest to […]

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Michigan Clean Water Corps Program Grant Available

What: A new one-time grant opportunity under the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) Program to support a single Road/Stream Crossing Inventory Pilot Program, which enables volunteers to assess the condition of road/stream crossings throughout a target watershed. The data will be publicly available to various agencies as a screening tool, and MiCorps will provide training […]

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ENGINEERS WEEK: So, why’d you want to be a civil engineer?

Happy Engineers Week! We asked our engineers what led them to their career choice. We enjoyed their responses and thought you would too: My grandfather was a civil engineer for CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) and I frequently listened to his stories about improving our lives through effective, efficient and reliable infrastructure. He stressed repeatedly […]

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Emergency Road Money in the Works

As we anticipate spring, we know this extraordinary winter was not kind to our roads and they will need substantial repair. According to good friend Don Stypula of Collaboration Matters, the State may be providing as much as $100 million in one-time funding to help road agencies. The Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee will present this […]

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How to find money for your project: PART 4 – Improve your chances for success!

This is the fourth post of a five-part blog series by Jim Hegarty, P.E., Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Financing Specialist. I am convinced that preparation begets luck. I have found when my clients focus on these four things it greatly enhances their chances for funding success: Shovel-readiness: The better defined your project is by the time […]

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What will happen when all this snow melts?

By Jim Hegarty, P.E. I just returned from a warm vacation, and whenever I’m away, I always wonder what’s going on at home. This time, I wondered how much more snow could pile up in my driveway. Answer: six inches! As I look out my office window right now, it’s still snowing. I’m already dreaming […]

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New Video! Ride the Grand River Valley Rail Trail!

Prein&Newhof’s Scott Post, PE was the Project Manager and lead designer of the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail between Ionia and Saranac, which will eventually connect to the larger Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail. Check out this 240-mile-per-hour video tour of the trail that includes several converted railroad trestles, one of which crosses the Grand River. If you’d […]

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Rural Development Grants and Loans Available

We ran into our friends from the USDA’s Rural Development office at last week’s Michigan Townships Association conference, and they shared with us the latest details on their programs. RD has grants and loans available for sewer and water systems, or community facilities including buildings and public safety or emergency vehicles. For more information, click […]

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