Important Information

Project Team

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

Matt Wade – Streets & Utility Manager, City of Grand Haven
616–847–3493

Pat McGinnis – City Manager, City of Grand Haven
616–847–4888 (office)
616–402–0815 (cell)

Craig Bessinger – City Manager, City of Ferrysburg
616–842–5803

Matt Schindlbeck – DPW Director, City of Ferrysburg
616–842–5803

Dan Sorek – Lead Engineer, Prein & Newhof
231–798–0101

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

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

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Cities of Grand Haven & Ferrysburg – North Shore Drive Reconstruction

We have arrived at the anticipated midpoint of the project!!  The road is completely reconstructed, retaining walls installed, fire hydrants replaced, storm sewer installation complete and it’s time to hit pause until spring!  Next spring will bring more amazing transformations of the project!

 

Construction Schedule

  • Week of December 16th – 20th
    • Milbocker finished rough grading, storm sewer installation and will have finished up moving equipment and supplies off site for the winter.  They have also gone through the construction site and touched up all driveways in need of grading.
  • Spring 2020 Activities
    • Milbocker finished up right where they intended to be.  Because they are on schedule, they are scheduled to be back on site as soon as the weather breaks in March or April.  They have fine grading of the road, replacement of some homeowners’ small retaining walls in the Ferrysburg portion of the project, and replace driveway approaches as well as pave the road.  This work is anticipated to take 3-5 weeks, depending on weather conditions.

 

Winter Restoration

Milbocker will be on call to address any needs the road may have during the winter months until they return in the spring.

 

Private Driveway Plowing

Please make sure that all plowing operations do not plow snow across the public right-of-way.  Plowing snow across the street creates dangerous conditions and alternative solutions to snow storage must be sought.  If anyone has any questions regarding this prohibition, please contact me at the number below.

 

Traffic Control

The site is now closed for the winter months and most construction traffic control has been removed due to the inactivity.  However, there are some necessary construction barrels and signs that will need to remain.  They are protecting the traveling public from incomplete roadway infrastructure or grading changes.  Please be cautious and careful as you, family and visitors travel throughout the construction site.  If you witness any situations that we can improve on, please let me know.

We are approaching the midway point of the project and, because the weather has been conducive to the continuation of our road reconstruction project, we all couldn’t be any happier. We are very grateful that we are not in the opposite situation right now shoveling and plowing snow!

 

Construction Schedule

  • Week of December 2 – 6
    • Milbocker finished up road reconstruction efforts and continued installation of the storm sewer systems.
  • Weeks of December 9 – 20
    • Milbocker will finish up all of the storm sewer and prepare the construction site for the winter. They are anticipating that they will be finished by the 20th for the winter.
  • Spring 2020 Activities
    • Since Milbocker is anticipated to be ahead of schedule prior to winter, they are anticipating only 2-3 weeks of work prior to paving in the spring. This will put them back on site doing fine grading, replacement of some small homeowner retaining walls in the Ferrysburg portion of the project and replace driveway approaches as planned. Currently we anticipate them back on site in late March to the beginning of April depending on weather.

 

Winter Restoration

Milbocker is still touching up driveway grades and the road edges prior to freezing of the road bed.  This will continue until they exit the construction site for the winter around the 20th.  If there is anything of concern to any resident about the temporary winter restoration, please let one of the project members know as soon as possible.  If something needs to be addressed, Milbocker will need to get that taken care of before the hard frost hits.

 

Gas Main Work

The additional gas main work has wrapped up and Michigan Gas will only be back on an as-needed basis.  All conflicts with the gas have been solved and the infrastructure should be good for many decades.

 

Access, Busing, Emergency Services, Trash Collection and Mail Delivery

Access to essential services has continued to the residents along the project limits as planned.  No significant interruptions have been witnessed.  If a service has been interrupted, please let one of the project team members know.

 

Private Driveway Plowing

There has been an incident already with persons or private contractors plowing snow across the street and damaging the new retaining wall on the east side in the City of Grand Haven limits.  Please understand that plowing snow across a public street is strictly prohibited and any future damage will be the responsibility of the property owner or private contractor.  Plowing snow across the street creates dangerous conditions and alternative solutions to snow storage must be sought.  If anyone has any questions regarding this prohibition, please contact me at the number below.

 

Project Safety

The project has seen a couple minor incidents recently, however, they have been addressed so they don’t repeat themselves.  Please continue to be careful and cautious when traveling through the work site or walking along the roadway.  Continued awareness within the site by all is necessary.

 

Traffic Control

The project team has addressed need for traffic control at sites along the project with Milbocker.  There has been some instances that traffic control has been on the lighter side of the intended requirements.  Milbocker has promised to increase traffic flagging efforts for the duration of the project in an effort to provide a safer construction site for residents and motorists.  If you witness any situations that we can improve on, please let me know.

Well, the typical Michigan fall weather has had us swinging from one extreme to the next, however, Milbocker continues to make significant progress!  Winter will eventually arrive and the construction site will eventually become quiet.

 

Construction Schedule

  • Week of November 18th – 22nd :  Milbocker continued road reconstruction and are now approximately 80% complete.  The last retaining wall was constructed in the Grand Haven portion this week as well.
  • Week of  November 25th –  27th :  Being a short week , Milbocker will still be working and installing the retaining wall in the Ferrysburg portion (very north area of the project) and replacing of hydrants as they continue to reconstruct the roadway for the few work days scheduled.
  • Week of December 2nd – 6th :  Milbocker will finish up road reconstruction efforts, install the remaining hydrants and begin the installation of the storm sewer systems as planned.
  • Weeks of December 9th – 20th : Milbocker will finish up all of the storm sewer and prepare the construction site for the winter.  They are anticipating that they will be finished by the 20th for the winter.
  • Spring 2020 Activities : Since Milbocker is anticipated to be ahead of schedule prior to winter, they are anticipating only 2-3 weeks of work prior to paving in the spring.  This will put them back on site doing fine grading, replacement of some small homeowner retaining walls in the Ferrysburg portion of the project and replace driveway approaches as planned.  Currently we anticipate them back on site in late March to the beginning of April depending on weather.

 

Winter Restoration

Milbocker has completed the temporary restoration in all areas they have disturbed.  They will go back over each drive and grade again as needed prior to the ground freezing.  If there is anything of concern to any resident about the temporary winter restoration, please let one of the project members know as soon as possible.  If something needs to be addressed, Milbocker will need to get that taken care of before the hard frost hits.

 

Gas Main Work

During the road reconstruction project efforts, some conflicts with the new gas main have unfortunately been identified.  Therefore, Michigan Gas has scheduled their contractor, Kent Power, to return and reconstruct the gas main in the location previously approved by the City of Grand Haven.  The work will continue over the next few weeks so you will see their activities meander about the construction site addressing these conflicts.  They will be starting at the southern end of the project limits (Main, Wells, Breton).

 

Access, Busing, Emergency Services, Trash Collection and Mail Delivery

Access to essential services has continued to the residents along the project limits as planned.  No significant interruptions have been witnessed.  If a service has been interrupted, please let one of the project team members know.

 

Snow Fence/Soil Erosion

The project’s soil erosion permit required the contractor to install soil erosion devices in a manner as outlined in the permit.  Plans and permit requirements always have the possibility to change.  In this circumstance, the requirement of additional snow fence for soil erosion prevention, it has been determined that it is unnecessary.  The soil erosion permit was amended and currently installed soil erosion efforts are what is being accepted by the County.  If additional fencing or soil erosion prevention efforts become necessary, Milbocker will be addressing those on an as needed basis.

 

Project Safety

So far, the project hasn’t had any significant traffic safety issues arise!  That is due to everyone being very vigilant in the construction area, thank you!! Please continue to be careful when traveling through the work site and use caution when walking along the roadway.  There was a recent incident with a supplier of materials safely delivering gravel to the site and snagged a power line with the truck box.  This was an isolated incident and safety standards have been revisited with all personnel.  Continued awareness within the site by all is necessary.

Even though it is still fall, winter has surely arrived!  Our reconstruction project marches on in the face of all lowered temperatures and snowfall.  Attached is a current picture from this morning showing the progress near one of the retaining walls.

 

Construction Schedule

  • Week of November 4
    • Milbocker continued construction on the retaining wall along the east side of the project.  They have installed approximately 75% of the retaining wall in the Grand Haven portion of the project.  They have been moving at such a pace the retaining wall supplier is having difficulties keeping up.  Therefore Milbocker has moved on to install a few of the new hydrants that are being replaced.  They are expecting to have the wall in the Grand Haven portion completed next week and move on to the section in Ferrysburg after that.  The road removal and reconstruction continued.  So far Milbocker has about 3,000 feet of roadway removed and graveled or close to 50%.  They are on schedule for completion of that work prior to the end of December.
  • Week of  November 11
    • Milbocker will continue to reconstruct the roadway from the south to the north and continue building the east side retaining wall.  They will also be installing a few storm sewer structures and pipe.  The crews’ efforts may slow down a little for the opening of deer hunting season, so it may be a little slower at the end of the week.
  • Weeks of November 18 & 25
    • Milbocker will continue to reconstruct the roadway and maybe finishing up the retaining wall.  Milbocker will mostly likely not being working on the Friday after Thanksgiving unless weather or schedule dictates.

 

Access, Busing, Emergency Services, Trash Collection & Mail Delivery

Access to essential services has continued to the residents along the project limits as planned.  No significant interruptions have been witnessed.  If a service has been interrupted, please let one of the project team members know.

 

Snow Fence/Soil Erosion

The project’s soil erosion permit requires the contractor to install soil erosion devices as directed by the permit.  In essence, this means snow fence along the west side of the project to help keep sand from migrating as the ground is disturbed.  Snow fence will be installed some time in the next few weeks.

 

Project Safety

As the project continues please, please be careful when traveling through the work site.  Use caution when walking along the roadway as the construction continues.  We have not had any reports of injuries or accidents and are striving to keep that number zero through the entire project.  It will take everyone’s attention for that to happen!

Hope everyone survived our second fall storm this past week.  We are now officially in full swing on the project!

 

Construction Schedule

  • Week of October 21st – 25th :  Milbocker continued construction on the retaining wall along the east side of the project.  They also have completed the asphalt milling and began on road reconstruction today.  The milled surface turned out better than expected.  The milled surface will be the new normal until the roadbed is completely removed and base gravel reinstalled.
  • Weeks of October 28th – November 15th :  Milbocker will continue to reconstruct the roadway from the south to the north and continue building the east side retaining wall.  As they reconstruct the roadway, they will also be installing the few storm sewer structures along the way.  These areas will slow down their progress a little, so don’t be alarmed.

 

Access, Busing, Emergency Services, Trash Collection & Mail Delivery

The project team and contractor have been vigilant in keeping access to all of the essential services in the area that all property owners need and expect.  There hasn’t been any major conflicts to date in these areas and we don’t expect any.  If you have a concern or experience a delay in any of these aspects, please contact anyone from the project team.

 

Snow Fence/Soil Erosion

The project’s soil erosion permit requires the contractor to install soil erosion devices as directed by the permit.  In essence, this means snow fence along the west side of the project to help keep sand from migrating as the ground is disturbed.  Snow fence will be installed some time in the next few weeks.

 

Michigan Gas Company – Gas Main Replacement Project

City of Grand Haven staff continues to work with Michigan Gas and its subcontractor to make all necessary restoration efforts complete prior to the winter months.  Hard surface restoration is expected to be done in the next week or two and dune grass planting is scheduled for early November.  All restoration is anticipated to be completed by mid-November.   We apologize for the inconvenience these interruptions may have caused certain property owners.

 

Project Safety

Now that the project has commenced significant construction, personnel, equipment and materials are being used in the construction zone.  Please, please be careful when traveling through the work site.  Use caution when walking along the roadway as the construction continues.  There will be large construction equipment that needs to operate so keep vigilant around them.  As evident with the latest construction zone accident/death that occurred this past week in southwestern Michigan, construction zone accidents do occur, yet usually are preventable.

 

The weather looks like it’s going to turn again and bring in our first flurries of the season next week.  Not to worry, Milbocker is preparing their winter attire and will continue like it’s mid July!

I hope everyone has had a great fall so far. The first major work started this week as promised! The retaining wall installation is looking good and everyone can start to see the fruits of the long planning process we have been on.

 

Construction Schedule

  • Week of October 7 – 11
    • Milbocker started construction on the retaining wall along the east side of the project starting at the southern end of the project moving north.
  • Week of October 14 – 18
    • Milbocker will continue installing the east side retaining wall moving south to north.
  • Week of October 21 – 25
    • Milbocker will begin milling off the top layers of asphalt on Monday. The milling operations will mill all of the asphalt along the entire project. Traffic will then drive on the remaining concrete that is below the asphalt surface until the contractor removes it and reconstructs the roadway. Milling of the asphalt surface is scheduled to take a couple days. Once the asphalt is removed, the contractor will begin at the south end removing the remaining concrete road and reconstructing it with gravel. Milbocker will also continue on building the east side retaining wall moving south to north.
  • Week of October 28 – November 1
    • Milbocker will continue installing the retaining wall and reconstructing the roadway south to north.
  • Week of November 4 – 8
    • Milbocker will continue installing the retaining wall and reconstructing the roadway south to north.

 

Access To Driveways

Access to your driveway will not be limited unless the contractor is working directly in front of your property. When this is the case, there may be a slight delay in accessing your home. Milbocker will make sure to limit this time to a minimum. Please be patient if you are lucky enough to catch them working in front of your homes.

 

Busing & Emergency Services

During the reconstruction project, busing and emergency service access will not be limited. The project requirements require the contractor to maintain access to these essential services during the entire project.

 

Trash Collection

Reminder, all trash collection will take place as normal. Please bring your containers to the curb like normal and Milbocker will make sure all pick-ups are completed as scheduled.

 

Mail Delivery

Reminder that all mailboxes will be left in place throughout the project. Those mailboxes that are scheduled to be moved back from the center of the roadway (all in the City of Grand Haven on the east side) will be done when Milbocker reconstructs the roadway in front of those homes. There is a slight chance that mail delivery could be delayed by up to one day around the immediate construction area, however, we believe that will definitely be the exception. The Spring Lake Post Office will hold any undeliverable mail and retry the next day. You can also contact the Post Office and pick up anything that was held.

 

Equipment & Material Storage

Milbocker has been allowed to store some equipment and materials in the Fisherman’s Parking lot on Main St. Only materials and equipment that doesn’t damage the parking lot and only a portion of the lot will be used. Additionally, Milbocker will need to store equipment and materials along the right-of-way, so you will notice these things within the construction zone. Storage of equipment and materials have gone smoothly so far and the project staff does not expect any issues going forward.

 

Snow Fence/Soil Erosion

The project’s soil erosion permit requires the contractor to install soil erosion devices as directed by the permit. In essence, this means snow fence along the west side of the project to help keep sand from migrating as the ground is disturbed. You will notice small sections of snow fence go up throughout the project in conjunction with the permit.

 

Michigan Gas Company – Gas Main Replacement Project

City of Grand Haven staff conducted a review of the gas main replacement project within the City of Grand Haven this week and is working with Michigan Gas and its subcontractor to make all necessary restoration efforts complete prior to the winter months. We apologize for the inconvenience these interruptions may have caused certain property owners.

 

Project Safety

Now that the project has commenced, please, please be careful when traveling through the work site.  Use caution when walking along the roadway as the construction continues.  There will be large construction equipment that needs to operate so keep vigilant around them.  As evident with the construction zone accident/death that occurred today in Grand Rapids, construction zone accidents do occur yet usually are preventable.

I hope everyone is enjoying our transition from summer to fall, and with that transition and a change in weather comes a change in the construction schedule.  Below is the updated schedule, I promise you that things are and will be picking up.

Below are pictures of the ground breaking work that occurred this week!

 

Construction Schedule

  • Week of September 30 – October 4
    • Milbocker started construction of the retaining wall starting at the south end of the project.
  • Week of October 7 – 11
    • Milbocker will continue installing the east side retaining wall moving from south to north.
  • Week of October 14 – 18
    • Milbocker will continue installing the east side retaining wall moving northward.
  • Week of October 21 – 25
    • Milbocker is scheduled to begin removing the pavement at the south end of the project and reconstruct the roadway.

 

Trash Collection

Discussions with Republic Services and Milbocker has resulted in all trash and recycle services operating as normal.  Please bring your containers to the curb like normal and Milbocker will make sure all pick-ups are completed as scheduled.

 

Mail Delivery

Discussions with Milbocker and the Spring Lake Post Office has resulted in leaving all the mailboxes in place.  Those mailboxes that are scheduled to be moved back from the center of the roadway (all in the City of Grand Haven on the east side) will be done when Milbocker reconstructs the roadway in front of those homes.  There is a slight chance that mail delivery could be delayed by up to one day around the immediate construction area, however, we believe that will definitely be the exception.  The Spring Lake Post Office will hold any undeliverable mail and retry the next day.  You can also contact the Post Office and pick up anything that was held.

 

Equipment & Material Storage

The City of Grand Haven has allowed Milbocker to store some equipment and materials in the Fisherman’s Parking lot on Main St.  Only materials and equipment that doesn’t damage the parking lot and only a portion of the lot will be used.  Additionally, Milbocker will need to store equipment and materials along the right-of-way, so you will notice these things within the construction zone.

 

Project Safety

Now that the project has commenced, please, please be careful when traveling through the work site.  Use caution when walking along the roadway as the construction continues.  There will be large construction equipment that needs to operate so keep vigilant around them.

Milbocker (the contractor) has proposed and, both the City of Ferrysburg and the City of Grand Haven have agreed, to change the construction timeline and requirements to allow the contractor to remove and reconstruct the roadway in smaller sections starting this fall and continuing into December as weather allows. The reconstruction roadway will stay gravel this winter with the contractor maintaining the surface throughout the winter as road conditions warrant. This will produce a very small project savings, however, the project will be substantially completed by Memorial Day 2020! Having the project completed before the summer months was one of our original goals of the project and will significantly lessen the impact to the residents and businesses during the busy season. Just so everyone is understanding what substantially complete means, it means that all parts of the project have been installed and complete, however, work on restoration touch-up and warranty items will still continue for a couple weeks after the substantial completion. This work is normally completed without significant lane closures and completed with localized traffic control such as flagmen.

Milbocker is expected to start the road removal in late October and once suspended for the harsh winter months, return in early to mid-March. Base paving is scheduled to be completed in mid-April with final asphalt paving completed in early May.

As a warning, construction schedules always change so please be patient as the schedule continues to evolve, as evident with the start of the project and schedule below.

Construction Schedule

  • Week of September 16–20
    • Construction staking for construction signs will take place today and/or tomorrow.
  • Week of September 23–27
    • Milbocker’s sub-contractor will be installing traffic safety signs and equipment.
  • Week of September 30–October 4
    • Milbocker will start removing sand for installation of the retaining wall in the Grand Haven portion.  The retaining wall installer will follow right behind this operation.
  • Week of October 7–11
    • Milbocker will continue wall installation.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Activity is about to happen along North Shore Drive this week!

Milbocker confirmed late last week that they are a couple days behind schedule mobilizing on site, but don’t let that worry you;  Construction is coming and they are eager to get started! The schedule is the same as previously reported. The activities will be taking place at the end of the weeks rather than the beginning.

Construction Schedule

  • Week of September 16–20
    • Milbocker and their sub-contractors will mobilize equipment later in the week, install traffic safety signage and roll out the construction barrels, etc.
  • Week of September 23–27
    • Milbocker will start removing sand for installation of the retaining wall in the Grand Haven portion later in the week.  The retaining wall installer will follow right behind this operation.
  • Week of September 30–October 4
    • Milbocker will continue wall installation.

Access to Homes

During the reconstruction project, you will always be able to get to your homes and property. There may be slight delays when they are actually working immediately in front of your property, so please be patient!

Services & Deliveries

We continue to work out details with the Post Office regarding mail delivery and trash haulers regarding trash pickups. More information to come this week regarding those details.

Long–term Schedule

The contractor has proposed a more aggressive schedule that would complete the project much sooner in 2020. The details are being ironed out with cost implications and logistics that would impact the residents. I hope to have an update on this schedule by the end of this week in time for the next update.

Safety

I will stress job site safety in every update to come. This impacts everyone on site! Please, please use extra caution when you see workers working on the project and be aware of others traversing the construction site. Again, our goal is always zero personal injuries. Those living, working, and traveling within the construction site are the ones that will make that goal a reality.

Well the weather has certainly turned to a more fall-like pattern, however, our North Shore Drive Reconstruction Project is heating up! There were some significant turning points for the project this week which are highlighted below.

The City of Grand Haven Council authorized the reconstruction contract with MDOT at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and MDOT finalized the contract on Wednesday. We have an officially authorized project now!

A pre-construction meeting was then held yesterday with MDOT, both municipalities, the engineers, and the contractor, and we now have a start date! The construction firm is Milbocker & Sons Inc. out of Allegan. They are a very well-known and respected construction firm. They will have very experienced crew on site and we expect nothing but the best from them!

Construction Schedule

  • Week of September 16–20
    • Milbocker and their sub-contractors will mobilize equipment, install traffic safety signage and roll out the construction barrels etc. (and I know everyone loves seeing those too!).
  • Week of September 23–27
    • Milbocker will start removing sand for installation of the retaining wall in the Grand Haven portion.  The retaining wall installer will follow right behind this operation.
  • Week of September 30–October 4
    • Milbocker will continue wall installation.

Long-Term Schedule

More details are being ironed out regarding start date of the road reconstruction and paving schedule.

Access to Homes

During the reconstruction project, you will always be able to get to your homes and property. There may be slight delays when they are actually working directly in front of your property, so please be patient!

Safety

North Shore Drive will become a construction site very soon!  This means extra caution while traveling on it. Please, please make this site a safe site for all, especially for the men and women working on the project. Our goal is always zero personal injuries.  Those living, working, and traveling within the construction site are the ones that will make that goal a reality.

We are all looking forward to a safe and successful project and can’t wait for our residents to enjoy this important investment in our communities’ infrastructure.

Services & Deliveries

We are working with the Post Office regarding mail delivery and trash haulers regarding trash pickups. Those details will be forthcoming but we don’t anticipate much of a change on the residents’ side. All local deliveries will not be impacted, so no worries about your Amazon Prime packages being held up!