Grand Rapids

  • New interchange corrects traffic hazards at Cascade Road and I-96 in Grand Rapids

    New interchange corrects traffic hazards at Cascade Road and I-96 in Grand Rapids

    December 19, 2016

    By Jason Washler, PE The new Cascade Road Diverging Diamond Interchange is a significant improvement to the transportation network in Grand Rapids Township. This project is a great example of how the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is using innovation to improve its road system. Congratulations to all stakeholders (planners, designers, builders, local government and MDOT) on a fantastic project! […]

  • Grand River project is a game-changer for Grand Rapids

    Grand River project is a game-changer for Grand Rapids

    May 4, 2015

    By Jim Hegarty Last Friday, I got updates on the massive Grand River restoration project in Grand Rapids at two events. At the first event, sponsored by the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW), I saw a graphic of the project, which proposes to restore the Grand River’s 18-ft drop as it winds its […]

  • Grand Rapids – Grand River Flood Walls?

    Grand Rapids – Grand River Flood Walls?

    March 7, 2015

    Nice article this week from MLive on how Grand Rapids plans to restore the Grand River while protecting itself from massive flooding using flood walls. The 2013 flood was only a 16-year flood, and it caused the highest downtown water levels in over a century. This will be an interesting challenge!

  • Michigan Trails – Extensive Directory

    Michigan Trails – Extensive Directory

    September 23, 2014

    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 […]

  • Is this the future for local road funding?

    Is this the future for local road funding?

    June 3, 2014

    By Jim Hegarty, PE I drive nearly 30,000 miles every year for my job, so I’ve gotten to see a lot of Michigan. Whenever I stop for gas or an iced tea, I like to scan the newspaper headlines to see what’s going on locally. Last week, I happened upon the Williamston Enterprise with the […]

  • What will happen when all this snow melts?

    What will happen when all this snow melts?

    February 18, 2014

    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 […]

  • September SAW Grant Seminars

    September SAW Grant Seminars

    August 9, 2013

    As part of our commitment to helping our clients win SAW grants for their asset management plans, we’d like to share this learning opportunity with you. You can now register for MDEQ’s September seminars on the SAW program at these locations: September 19: Roscommon September 24: Marquette September 26: Grand Rapids Seminars will run from […]

  • Musings on 100-Year Floods: From the Waterlogged Mind of a Civil Engineer

    Musings on 100-Year Floods: From the Waterlogged Mind of a Civil Engineer

    May 30, 2013

    By Jim Hegarty, P.E. Unlike many Grand Rapidians, I missed the worst of Grand Rapids’ Great Flood of 2013. I was in Clearwater, Florida, reading the national news about our flood from the safety of my beach chair. Being in a relaxed and contemplative state, I began to ruminate about “our” flood in terms as […]

  • Health Department: Grand River E. Coli Levels ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Disturbing’

    Health Department: Grand River E. Coli Levels ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Disturbing’

    April 26, 2013

    The recent floodings around Grand Rapids have led Fox 17 to test the Grand River for water quality at Prein&Newhof’s laboratory. The results?  High and unsafe levels of E. Coli bacteria. The Kent County Health Department has since done its own testing and issued a warning to avoid contact with the flood waters. Bob Erickson, our […]

  • Former GFIA Executive Director Joins Growing Michigan Engineering Firm

    Former GFIA Executive Director Joins Growing Michigan Engineering Firm

    February 8, 2013

    GRAND RAPIDS. Prein&Newhof, a Grand Rapids-based civil engineering company that’s been serving airport clients in Michigan for 30 years, has selectively grown its airport team in the last two years. In 2011 Prein&Newhof acquired Peckham Engineering in Traverse City, hiring its employees including company founder Robert Peckham. Prein&Newhof President and Senior Airport Project Manager Jim Cook […]