infrastructure

  • 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! […]

  • Video: Charlevoix Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

    Video: Charlevoix Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

    June 20, 2016

    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 […]

  • City of Hart’s State Street wins Quality of Life Award

    City of Hart’s State Street wins Quality of Life Award

    June 17, 2015

    Congratulations to the City of Hart! P&N engineer Amy Malek, PE accepted the Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Quality of Life Award for the City of Hart’s State Street Reconstruction project at the Michigan Infrastructure conference. “The Michigan Section ASCE annually presents the Quality of Life Award for a project that […]

  • Pipe Fail: What to do when your system’s pipe breaks

    Pipe Fail: What to do when your system’s pipe breaks

    May 19, 2015

    By Jim Hegarty, PE I have been called in to look at a fair number of pipe failures over the course of my engineering career. One thing I notice is in the rush to fix the failure, there is often little focus on figuring out why the failure occurred. It is easy to miss clues […]

  • Infrastructure Asset Management Plans – Helping communities develop long-term rate structures

    Infrastructure Asset Management Plans – Helping communities develop long-term rate structures

    January 9, 2015

    By James Hegarty, PE I’m encouraged by Michigan’s state-wide movement toward adopting asset management as a financial planning tool for key infrastructure systems. This article supported my belief that to enjoy the current level of service from our infrastructure into the future, it’s going to cost more money. It’s easy to see the results of […]

  • SAW-Funded See Snake Discovers Rusting Pipe

    SAW-Funded See Snake Discovers Rusting Pipe

    December 12, 2014

    The Gull Lake Sewer & Water Authority (GLSWA) operates a 4.4-mile long, 12-inch-diameter ductile iron forcemain. It handles nearly 500,000 gallons of sewage daily from the Village of Richland and the Gull Lake area. Rich Pierson, GLSWA’s Director, wondered for years about the 32-year-old pipeline’s condition. The problem: unless the pipe’s exterior is exposed, there […]

  • Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Loans Guide Available Now

    Prein&Newhof’s Grants and Loans Guide Available Now

    December 10, 2014

    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 […]

  • Village of Lyons Celebrates Bridge Street Completion

    Village of Lyons Celebrates Bridge Street Completion

    October 24, 2014

    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!

  • MDNR Grants Booklet Highlights Available Grants

    MDNR Grants Booklet Highlights Available Grants

    October 16, 2014

    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 […]

  • Preventative Traffic Engineering: Leading the Way to Safety

    Preventative Traffic Engineering: Leading the Way to Safety

    October 13, 2014

    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 […]