Important Information

City of Grand Haven Contacts:

Derek Gajdos
Director of Public Works
616–847–3493 (office)
616–844–8324 (cell)

Matt Wade
Streets & Utility Manager
616–847–3493

Pat McGinnis
City Manager
616–847–4888 (office)
616–402–0815 (cell)

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City of Ferrysburg Contacts:

Craig Bessinger
City Manager
616–842–5803

Matt Schindlbeck
DPW Director
616–842–5803

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Dan Sorek
Lead Engineer
Prein&Newhof (engineer)
231–798–0101

Ken Peters
Site Superintendent
Milbocker (contractor)
269–806–1750 (cell)

Gordy Atwood
Foreman
Milbocker (contractor)
269–377–7080 (cell)

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Please don’t hesitate to call if a question comes up or if there is something of urgent need. Of course, if there is a true threat to life, limb, or property—call 911.

Cities of Grand Haven & Ferrysburg – North Shore Drive Reconstruction

We have now surpassed substantial completion of this long and difficult reconstruction project! Milbocker will be wrapping up any and all details in the weeks to come.

 

I will outline some final schedule details below in this last update. If you have any restoration issues, now is the time to have them addressed.  The project team believes that we have, or will be, correcting any last minute restorations, however, if there is something that any resident sees needs to be addressed, please let one of the project team members know prior to June 18.

 

Project Schedule

  • Week of June 8 – 12
    • Milbocker is finishing up a few last minute restoration items as well as continuing to install all of the traffic control signage.
  • Week of June 15 – 19
    • There may be a few contractors doing some touch up work or finishing the traffic control signs, however, all work is anticipated to be complete by early in the week. Representatives from the Cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven, the engineer, and the contractor will be on site on Thursday walking through the project to inspect the final roadway. A list of any final corrections will be made at that time and will most likely be completed over the next week or two (2).

Well the “road” (pun intended) was long and grueling at times, however, we are in the very final push completing this project!  With a beautiful new asphalt surface installed, pavement markings complete, North Shore Drive is looking great!  There are a few details left to accomplish by the contractor which will be completed next week.

 

Project Schedule

  • Week of June 1 – 5  
    • Milbocker had subcontractors lay down the pavement markings, start installing the traffic control signage, and they continued the final restoration efforts.
  • Week of June 8 – 12
    • Milbocker will be out finishing up some restoration of yards, driveways, retaining walls and irrigation, as well as hydro-seeding areas calling for grass to be replanted. Milbocker’s subcontractor will also be out finishing up the traffic control signage.

I hope this update continues to find everyone in good health and continued safety.  I [Derek Gajdos] apologize on behalf of all the project team members for all of the delays this project has experienced. While we did see the south bound top course paved on Tuesday, we witnessed two more delays this week getting the final top course of asphalt laid. The paving subcontractor, Michigan Paving Materials, had a plant failure on Wednesday and weather is preventing paving today (Thursday, May 28).  They  are prepared for paving the final northbound top course on Friday, May 29.

 

Project Schedule

  • May 29
    • Milbocker’s paving subcontractor is scheduled to pave the top course on the north bound lane.
  • Week of June 1 – 5
    • Milbocker will  be installing the traffic control, street signs and finishing up any remaining restoration details.

I hope this message continues to find everyone in good health and continued safety.  If it wasn’t for bad luck, this project wouldn’t have any luck at all! It was disappointing that the top course asphalt was not paved yesterday, which means we did not reach our goal of substantial completion by memorial day. It would have been a huge success story had it happened considering everything going on in our community today.

Weather is looking good for next week so we don’t see any issues with substantial completion next week.

 

Project Schedule

  • Week of May 18 – 22
    • Milbocker finalized the driveways this week as well as planting all the required dune grass and worked diligently on the remaining restoration efforts.
  • Week of May 26 – 29
    • Milbocker is scheduled to pave the top course on Tuesday the 26th. They will also be installing all of the traffic control and pavement markings towards the end of the week.
  • Week of June 1 – 5
    • Milbocker will finish up any remaining details and the project will be complete!

 

I hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend!

I hope this email continues to find everyone in good health and continued safety. We had some significant work completed on the project and from the sounds of resident reports, the residential construction in the area is well underway too. This of course is not to mention that season usage and lawn maintenance has increased traffic within the project limits.

The following construction schedule is again, all weather dependent, however, it looks like we are getting into more spring/summer like weather, so let’s continue to cross our fingers that it turns out that way.

 

Project Schedule

  • Week of May 11 – 15
    • Milbocker raised all of the infrastructure manholes in the pavement to the final grade and completed almost all the driveway paving and concrete pouring. Paving of Piney point, driveways and intersections have also been completed.
  • Week of May 18 – 22
    • Milbocker will finalize the driveways on Monday, completing restoration work like planting dune grass and topsoil and seed.  Final paving of the top course on North Shore is tentatively planned for Thursday, May 21. With the top course of asphalt installed, it will make this project substantially completed by May 22 as planned!
  • Week of May 26 – 29
    • Milbocker will be completing all the pavement markings and permeant signage. Most likely there will be cleaning up, removing equipment and supplies and finishing up any final restoration needs as well. I’m sure everyone would love to have the pavement markings put down right after paving, however, a chemical process will occur and would hurt the integrity of the paint unless we give the asphalt a chance to fully cure to air temperatures and begin the hardening/curing process. This is why they will be waiting until the following week to install them.

 

Driveway Access

The final concrete driveways will be poured on Monday, May 18. These driveways will be usable prior to the final asphalt being paved.

We just ask you to be patient with the process and take direction from the crews on site while traversing the project site to your home.

 

Site Safety

The construction site got really busy this week. Part of the business was due to the reconstruction process, however, some significant congestion this week came from normal residential landscaping and private construction was happening too. I heard from many of you this week about that and I believe it was a one-time occurrence.  Even though the project needs to move forward, so does the private projects and routine maintenance. So I just urge everyone to please use caution as you travel the roadway.

When the final top course of asphalt paving occurs, please use extreme caution and be patient as the crews lay and roll the asphalt.

We had some great things happening this week! A very black and hard surface returned to North Shore Drive! And with the paving of the leveling course (also known as the base course), driveway preparation and restoration has kicked in to full force.

The following construction schedule is again, all weather dependent.

 

Project Schedule

  • Week of May 4 –  8
    • Milbocker completed the final road grading, paving of the leveling course of asphalt on North Shore Drive. Concrete driveway installation also began. About a third of all the driveways have now been poured.
  • Week of May 11 – 15
    • Milbocker will be raising all of the infrastructure manholes in the pavement to the final grade and completing a driveway paving and concrete pouring. Paving of Piney point, driveways and intersections will also be competed.
  • Week of May 18 – 22
    • Milbocker will be paving the top course on North Shore and Piney Point as well as all the driveways. Pavement markings and permanent signage will be installed. The project should be substantially completed by May 22.

 

Driveway Access after Concrete or Asphalt Installation

Asphalt driveways will not be accessible during the installation of the driveways and for a short period of time after to allow it to harden during cooling. During this time, you will need to park along the roadside and walk to your home. This window of time should be less than a few hours. A person on site (either the contractor or engineering inspector) will be giving those instructions to each homeowner or you may see some caution tape along the front of the driveway to indicate it is not ready for vehicular traffic. If you don’t see either of those, the driveway is accessible.

 

Concrete driveways will not be accessible after the installation of the concrete for up to seven (7) days for the concrete to cure. The contractor or the engineering inspector will personally contact each home when they are preparing to pour the driveway. Please don’t worry, you will be able to get any vehicles out of your garages or driveways prior to concrete installation. Typically the concrete we specify will harden in three (3) to four (4) days so we hope the weather conditions help those shorter time periods happen. You will see caution tape across the front of the driveways during the curing time. Once the concrete has cured enough you will see the caution tape removed and you are free to drive on it. Please refrain from driving on the driveway with any heavy or large equipment for the first 30 days. Concrete is fully cured after 30 days, so please be cautious in driving on it during that time.

 

** Milbocker has stated that some driveways are wide enough to pour in half widths so they will be able to allow those properties to continue using the opposite side driveway. This is great customer service work on their end! Additionally, they have stated that they will pour those that have circle driveways one at a time so residents will be able to continue to access their homes easier. Unfortunately, those that they can’t do in half widths will still need to park along the road until the concrete cures.**

 

Site Safety

The construction site is going to get busy again. Please use caution as you travel the roadway. When the paving occurs, please use extreme caution and be patient as the crews lay and roll the asphalt.

Well if the current COVID–19 pandemic and the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order can’t delay the project, we can still count on good ole mother nature to do it! As you can see, the asphalt was not laid yesterday and today because of rain, and it won’t be able to be completed until Monday now because of excessively wet raw materials.  Therefore, paving is now scheduled for Monday morning for North Shore while driveways and Piney Point will occur on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The following construction schedule is again, all weather dependent.

 

Project Schedule

  • Week of May 4 8
    • Milbocker will be final grading the road Monday morning, laying the base course asphalt on North Shore drive along with Piney Point and some of the asphalt driveways.  They will also be paving the asphalt driveways and preparing and pouring the remaining concrete driveways at the end of the week.
  • Week of May 11 – 15
    • Milbocker will be raising all of the manholes in pavement infrastructure to the final grade and finishing up driveway paving and concrete pouring.
  • Week of May 18 – 22
    • Milbocker will be paving the top course on North Shore and Piney Point as well as all the driveways. Pavement markings and permanent signage will be installed.  The project should be substantially completed by May 22.

 

Driveway Access after Concrete or Asphalt Installation

Asphalt driveways will not be accessible during the installation of the driveways and for a short period of time after to allow it to harden during cooling.  During this time, you will need to park along the roadside and walk to your home.  This window of time should be less than a few hours.  A person on site (either the contractor or engineering inspector) will be giving those instructions to each homeowner or you may see some caution tape along the front of the driveway to indicate it is not ready for vehicular traffic.  If you don’t see either of those, the driveway is accessible.

Concrete driveways will not be accessible after the installation of the concrete for up to seven (7) days for the concrete to cure.  The contractor or the engineering inspector will personally contact each home when they are preparing to pour the driveway.  Please don’t worry, you will be able to get any vehicles out of your garages or driveways prior to concrete installation.  Typically the concrete we specify will harden in three (3) to four (4) days so we hope the weather conditions help those shorter time periods happen. You will see caution tape across the front of the driveways during the curing time.  Once the concrete has cured enough you will see the caution tape removed and you are free to drive on it.  Please refrain from driving on the driveway with any heavy or large equipment for the first 30 days.  Concrete is fully cured after 30 days, so please be cautious in driving on it during that time.

** Milbocker has stated that some driveways are wide enough to pour in half widths so they will be able to allow those properties to continue using the opposite side driveway.  This is great customer service work on their end!  Additionally, they have stated that they will pour those that have circle driveways one at a time so residents will be able to continue to access their homes easier.   Unfortunately, those that they can’t do in half widths will still need to park along the road until the concrete cures.**

 

Site Safety

The construction site is going to get busy again.  Please use caution as you travel the roadway.  When the paving occurs, please use extreme caution and be patient as the crews lay and roll the asphalt.

The North Shore Drive Reconstruction project is going to have some major improvements next week!  We will see a lot of activity and hopefully we  will all be driving on a hard surface by the end of the week!

The following construction schedule is all weather dependent.

 

Project Schedule

  • Week of April 27 – May 1
    • Milbocker will be final grading the road, laying the base course asphalt (tentatively scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday) and removal work on Piney Point at the end of the week.
  • Week of May 4 – 8
    • Milbocker will be paving the asphalt driveways and leveling course on Piney Point and then preparing and pouring the remaining concrete driveways at the end of the week.
  • Week of May 11 – 15
    • Milbocker will be raising all of the manholes in pavement infrastructure to the final grade and finishing up driveway paving and concrete pouring.
  • Week of May 18 – 22
    • Milbocker will be paving the top course on North Shore and Piney Point as well as all the driveways. Pavement markings and permeant signage will be installed.  The project should be substantially completed by May 22!

 

 

Driveway Access after Concrete or Asphalt Installation

  • Asphalt driveways will not be accessible during the installation of the driveways and for a short period of time after to allow it to harden during cooling.  During this time, you will need to park along the roadside and walk to your home.  This window of time should be less than a few hours.  A person on site (either the contractor or engineering inspector) will be giving those instructions to each homeowner or you may see some caution tape along the front of the driveway to indicate it is not ready for vehicular traffic.  If you don’t see either of those, the driveway is accessible.
  • Concrete driveways will not be accessible after the installation of the concrete for up to seven (7) days for the concrete to cure.  The contractor or the engineering inspector will personally contact each home when they are preparing to pour the driveway.  Please don’t worry, you will be able to get any vehicles out of your garages or driveways prior to concrete installation.  Typically the concrete we specify will harden in three (3) to four (4) days so we hope the weather conditions help those shorter time periods happen. You will see caution tape across the front of the driveways during the curing time.  Once the concrete has cured enough you will see the caution tape removed and you are free to drive on it.  Please refrain from driving on the driveway with any heavy or large equipment for the first 30 days.  Concrete is fully cured after 30 days, so please be cautious in driving on it during that time.

 

Site Safety

The construction site is going to get busy again.  Please use caution as you travel the roadway.  When the paving occurs, please use extreme caution and be patient as the crews lay and roll the asphalt.

I hope this email finds everyone and their family in good health and spirits. The weather pattern is more like March than mid-April, however, it’s not enough to stop the project.

The Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order continues to be clarified almost daily. This has resulted in the project being deemed essential by MDOT again. This allows the project to continue and the contractor has agreed to return to work. Therefore, the project will recommence on Monday April 20. Since everything is evolving so rapidly, we have very limited information at this time. The following work schedule is all we have and will communicate updates and changes and we can.

 

Project Schedule

  • Week of April 20 – April 24
    • Milbocker will be removing and reconstructing driveways in preparation of base course asphalt. They will also finish milling Piney Point. Milbocker may start the fine grading process of the roadway as well in preparation for paving the following week.
  • Week of April 27 – May 1
    • Milbocker will be fine grading the roadway and base paving the road. Hard surface driving is in sight!

 

Site Safety

The construction site is going to get busy again.  Please use caution as you travel the roadway.  When the paving occurs, please use extreme caution and be patient as the crews lay and roll the asphalt.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact any of the project team members and please stay home and stay safe.

I would like to start out by thanking everyone for being patient as the reconstruction project recently started back up and the inconveniences of the work hampers the neighborhood.  I would also like to continue to ask everyone for a little grace as we progress a project like this in these unprecedented times.

The Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order has officially impacted the project at this time. Milbocker and the contract with MDOT is now included in the shutdown. The shutdown is anticipated to impact the construction schedule only, it is not anticipated to affect any quality or workmanship. At this time, Milbocker has secured the construction site and will wait for further input and direction from MDOT and the Cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg. With many unknowns still looming and the ever changing directives from the State and the Federal government, we are not prepared to give a recommencement information at this time. We will communicate that to everyone as soon as we know it.

 

Traffic Control

The site has been secured in preparation of the delay. Milbocker will be checking on the traffic control devices periodically along with the engineer and city staff. If you see something that needs to be addressed, please contact one of the project team members and we will get the appropriate response moving. Again, please use caution as you traverse the construction site during the delay.