Roads

  • MDOT Transportation Economic Development Fund

    MDOT Transportation Economic Development Fund

    April 22, 2015

    The MDOT Office of Economic Development is now taking applications for the Transportation Economic Development Fund Category F – Fiscal Year 2017. Who can apply? Cities, villages, and county road commissions. Make sure your proposed project is on a federal-aid designated route, within federal aid urban areas, and the county has a population of 400,000 […]

  • Whitehall’s green street featured in MML Review

    Whitehall’s green street featured in MML Review

    June 11, 2014

    The May/June issue of the MML Review features Whitehall’s Lake Street (the green road) on pages 8-10. Here’s an excerpt! Indeed, the real genius of the project lies in the low-impact design created by Prein&Newhof. Rather than imposing on the landscape a series of artificial constructs to perform the filtering functions, these innovative engineers looked […]

  • 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 […]

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

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

    March 27, 2014

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Whitehall project makes SEMCOG Green Streets Guidebook

    Whitehall project makes SEMCOG Green Streets Guidebook

    September 10, 2013

    The City of Whitehall reconstructed Lake Street as a green street last fall. The low impact design features are working so well that one of the storm water outfalls has yet to see water! Lake Street is located on the east side of White Lake, an EPA designated Area of Concern. Whitehall’s Lake Street has […]

  • Green Streets in Michigan – MLGMA Presentation

    Green Streets in Michigan – MLGMA Presentation

    July 26, 2013

    Prein&Newhof Civil Engineers Jim Hegarty, P.E. and Jason Washler, P.E. presented this week at the Michigan Local Government Management Association’s summer workshop about green streets and stormwater treatment, including three case studies of green street projects in Michigan. You can check out their presentation.

  • Brrr! A cold but exciting ribbon-cutting for Whitehall’s Lake Street

    Brrr! A cold but exciting ribbon-cutting for Whitehall’s Lake Street

    November 5, 2012

    Michigan’s first green street opened today with a ribbon cutting on Lake Street in Whitehall, Michigan. Lake Street features bioswales, detention zones, native plants, filter strips, and permeable pavers all used to treat the storm water as many times as possible before it enters White Lake. An innovative project that illustrates Michigan’s strides towards a […]

  • Progress on Michigan’s first green road

    Progress on Michigan’s first green road

    October 26, 2012

    How exciting is this?  Jim Hegarty caught the permeable pavers being installed on Whitehall’s Lake Street.

  • Lake Street in Whitehall to become Michigan’s first “green road”

    Lake Street in Whitehall to become Michigan’s first “green road”

    July 10, 2012

    Rain gardens, bioswales, and porous pavement will filter stormwater and reduce the amount that reaches White Lake during storms — reducing pollution and flooding. This summer, Whitehall will transform a ½-mile stretch of Lake Street into Michigan’s first “green road.” The street will be equipped with a state-of-the-art stormwater system to collect runoff from 60 […]