Important Information

Contractor: Jackson–Merkey of Muskegon

Contact: Brian DeLong
231–638–0813

City of Muskegon Department of Public Works

Contact: Leo Evans
231–724–6920

Lakeside Business District

Contact: Bill Schneider
231–288–1076

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Prein&Newhof will have personnel in the field on behalf of the City.

Onsite Contact: Tom Eilers
(231) 578–7986

Project Manager: Dan Sorek
(616) 218–2940
dsorek@preinnewhof.com

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Detour Map & Press Release

All work is weather dependent, which is getting more difficult the later we get in the season. The cooler nights (normal this time of year) are causing further delays with the concrete curing.

Please let us know if you have any problems with mail delivery, garbage collection, or your water system.

All construction is planned to be complete in November 2019.

Final restoration and plantings will be done in the spring of 2020 and should be ready for a grand opening in the spring.

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Please share this information with your neighbors who may not have email. Dan will try to send out a weekly email update on Fridays to keep you all informed of the progress and what to expect, as well as any special updates that may be necessary along the way. Those emails will also be posted here.

City of Muskegon – Lakeshore Drive Reconstruction Project

It is looking as though this will be our last update on the project. This week, the contractors installed topsoil and back-filled areas disturbed.  Furniture was placed and anchored down. Permanent signage was installed and the last of the trees were planted.

Thank you very much for your patience through this important project for the infrastructure of the Lakeside District of Muskegon.

Here is what to expect next week of December 9, 2019. This work should be done with local lane closures in the immediate area of the work and should not require cones and barrels for the entire length of the job. However, safety of the workers is very important and lane closures may be necessary to keep the workers safe.  Please be careful driving through the work site still.

  • Hydroseeding will be completed on the topsoil with dormant seed on Monday.
  • Site Cleanup
  • Removal of Temporary Construction Signs
  • More work will continue at the wall through the winter until it is complete, but this should not require any lane closures.

 

Work remaining that may not get completed next week is the cable and phone relocations for the old utility pole at Torrent with some flags of concrete at Torrent and Mann near the utility poles. This is intended to be complete this calendar year.

Work in the spring will include, but not be limited to:

  • Private irrigation repairs
  • Fencing installed near Parking Lots
  • Landscaping repairs and touchups
  • Punchlist work – Please let us know if you see anything out of sorts
  • Pavement markings

Let there be Light! Last night, the remainder of the street lights were energized and all of the new lights are functional. In this short week, the workers have been working very hard.  Many different trades have been busy on the site. As I type this, the last few yards of concrete are being placed at a few sidewalk ramps. Posts for new signage have been installed and the 4-Way Stop at McCracken is in place. Please make a note of it and be safe driving through that intersection. We recognize this is a change from generations of driving habits, but it is now the only stop between Barclay at Muskegon Catholic and Lake Michigan and is intended to slow traffic down in the business district. The remainder of the signs are being installed. More bricks were installed on the wall this week, trees and tree grates were installed in the central business district. Most or all of the top soil has been placed on the north side of the road as well as the south side of the road from McCracken to Torrent and from VanderLinde to Palmer. Irrigation system was completed in the central business district. Guardrail was replaced at Laketon and Lakeshore.

The workers are working hard right now to clean and sweep the road and sidewalk areas today and before they leave today, they will remove the barrels and cones from the roadway and sidewalks!

Here is what to expect the week of December 2, 2019. This work should be done with local lane closures in the immediate area of the work and should not require cones and barrels for the entire length of the job. However, safety of the workers is very important and lane closures may be necessary to keep the workers safe.  Please be careful driving through the worksite still.

  • The last of the trees will be planted
  • Any remaining topsoil and backfill will be placed
  • Hydroseeding will be completed on the topsoil with dormant seed.  Fertilizer and seed will be added in the spring
  • Furniture – Benches, Trash Receptacles and Bike Racks will be installed
  • Any signs not installed today will be installed
  • Traffic control signs will be removed

Work remaining that may not get completed next week is the cable and phone re-locations for the old utility pole at Torrent with some flags of concrete at Torrent and Mann near the utility poles.  This is intended to be complete this calendar year.

Work in the spring will include, but not be limited to:

  • Private irrigation repairs
  • Fencing installed near Parking Lots
  • Landscaping repairs and touchups
  • Punchlist work – Please let us know if you see anything out of sorts
  • Pavement markings
This week, the last of the concrete driveways were completed and asphalt was placed behind the sidewalk where it was disturbed.  The remainder of the asphalt will be completed today.  Roughly a third of the 140+ trees have been planted and backfilling and restoration efforts with topsoil is underway as well.  Irrigation in the blocks between Moon and Torrent has been installed.  Mainline site cleanup is beginning with the preparation of removing the much extended family of Darrel the Barrel.  Pavement markings will be re-done again tomorrow, Saturday as more work will proceed on the job.  Unfortunately, none of the furniture got installed this week. Here is what to expect the week of November 25, 2019, the week of Thanksgiving.  Although it is a short week next week, if the weather holds, it should be a very productive week.
  • The concrete crews will be back on Monday and likely Tuesday next week to finish a few crosswalk ramps, one residential driveway and some other miscellaneous concrete work to be done.  We expect all concrete to be done by Wednesday.
  • Furniture will be installed next week.
  • We heard from Consumers Energy that the street light energizing is scheduled for Monday or Tuesday, November 25 or 26.  This would make this the last weekend without street lights!
  • Permanent signs will be installed Tuesday and Wednesday next week. – Again, this does involve a 4-Way Stop at McCracken and Lakeshore.
  • No work is anticipated between November 28 and December 1.  Work will resume on December 2 with any remaining punchlist items and the remainder of the tree installations.  This will also include some back-filling and topsoil restorations.
  • We are working hard to get the traffic control removed as much as possible before the Thanksgiving holiday.  Tree Plantings will not be complete until the week after Thanksgiving and they will likely need some local lane closures to complete the installations.

By the calendar, we are just over halfway through fall, but the snow this week made it look much more like winter. It did slow progress a bit this week, so let’s hope we have better weather between now and Thanksgiving. Despite the weather, work did proceed and the contractor completed the installation of all of the new street lights and the charging bollards on the job and they are awaiting a connection from the power company before they can be energized. The inspections are complete. Also, more bricks were added to the decorative wall at Ruddiman Creek and more sidewalk was poured on the south side of the road between Estes and Frisbee. Some driveway work is being done to complete some of the remaining driveways on the north side of the road that had not yet been poured. More work on the concrete sidewalk, crosswalk ramps and driveway approaches will be done tomorrow, Saturday.

Here is what to expect the week of November 18, 2019:

  • The goal is to pour the remainder of the concrete walks, driveways and ramps as much as possible by the end of the week. The crosswalk ramp at the SE corner of Torrent may not get done as we are waiting on Comcast and Frontier to move their utilities off of the new pole that was set last month by Consumers Energy. Once they are done, Consumers can remove that old pole and we can pour the sidewalk and ramp there. It will likely be the last bit of concrete work to be done.
  • Any remaining asphalt work will be done next week or early the week of Thanksgiving.
  • Furniture will be installed – Benches, Litter Receptacles, and Bike Racks
    • Here is a link to the Benches to be installed which will be black
    • The Litter Receptacles will also have recycling
    • The Bike Racks, will be simple loops that will look like this. Just a single loop will be installed.
  • Tree plantings were postponed this week and will be installed this week
  • The pavement markings will be remarked, but the recessed marks will be done in the spring
  • Permanent signage will be installed. This also means NEW STOP SIGNS at McCracken.

***** McCracken and Lakeshore will become a 4-Way Stop Intersection *****

Temporary, additional signs in the middle of the intersection will likely be added here next week. Please be prepared for this change in your driving habits through this corridor.

Have you noticed the Charging Bollards yet? There are 5 on the project. Can you find them all? They all have a 110 V outlet and 8 USB charging connections and an accent light. All will have a bench next to them.

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This week, the contractors battled the elements and did as much work as they could. Most of the new light poles have been installed through the project as have some of the charging bollards for charging phones and such. The control cabinets for the new lights were inspected and approved for Consumers to set a meter and hook up the power to the new lighting system which should take place before Thanksgiving. More sidewalk and driveways were poured with concrete as well as most of the tree grates in the 2 blocks between Moon and Torrent. A new asphalt driveway was completed for the Fire Station and other asphalt areas were restored.  More bricks were installed on the placed on the decorative wall and the sign walls were power washed and getting ready to be sealed. The caps were measured for the wall and should be delivered soon for installation. Top soil is beginning to be spread at the east end and restoration and backfilling is being done. Here is what to expect the week of November 11, 2019 – Please remember to thank a Veteran on Monday for their service!
  • Work will proceed tomorrow, Saturday, November 9 with more concrete sidewalk and driveways being poured
  • The new light poles should be finished for installation and will be awaiting to be energized, hopefully late in the week of November 18, but it should be before Thanksgiving.
  • There are a couple of utility poles that need to be removed yet at Frisbee and Torrent which may delay those 2 sidewalk ramps
  • Sidewalk and driveway work will be done on the south side of Lakeshore Drive and some remaining driveways on the north side
  • Trees will begin to be planted on the north side of the road on Monday and will continue through the week. There are over 140 new trees to be installed, some deciduous, many ornamental and evergreen.
  Sorry, I couldn’t get any good photos of the new lights installed, but we are just a few weeks away from them getting lit. There are roughly 62 new light poles and all have banner arms.

We hope you all had a wonderful Halloween and have been prepared the flip the calendar to November, the final month of construction on Lakeshore Drive. This week, the contractors placed conduit pipe for irrigation on the south side of the road between Moon and Torrent and poured a lot of sidewalk and driveway approaches on the north side.  Several tree grate frames were installed between Moon and Mann on the north side and curbing intended to separate the parking areas from the pedestrian areas was installed between McCracken and Estes on the north side.  Lastly, the contractor installed the first 4 new light and banner poles near Ruddiman Creek on the north side! All streets are open.

Here is what to expect the week of November 4, 2019:

  • Work will proceed tomorrow, Saturday, November 2 with more concrete sidewalk and driveways being poured
  • Manhole structures and valve boxes will be adjusted to the new sidewalk grades
  • We are hoping to have all hard surfaced poured or paved in the next week and be done before November 15 with paving and pouring of concrete and asphalt.
  • There are a couple of utility poles that need to be removed yet at Frisbee and Torrent which may delay those 2 sidewalk ramps
  • Sidewalk and driveway work will be done on the south side of Lakeshore Drive
  • More street lights and banner poles will go up
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As you may have already noticed, Lakeshore Drive is open to two-way traffic! Eastbound traffic was officially re-opened Thursday evening. Please still be careful driving through the job site. There will still be many lane shifts and closures as the Contractor is working to complete all of the work behind the curb off the road. This past week, the contractor continued to install conduit for irrigation between Moon and Torrent and conduit for electrical and new lighting between McCracken and Frisbee. More light pole bases were set. The concrete mainline pavement joints were re-cut and sealed with rubber. Some sidewalk was left in front of businesses as long as possible, but now more of that is being removed and prepared for new sidewalk to be poured. More bricks were installed on the south decorative wall at Ruddiman Creek.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of October 28, 2019:

  • Work will proceed tomorrow, Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • More conduit work will take place on the south side for new lighting
  • Manhole structures behind the curb will be adjusted for the new sidewalk
  • Any remaining sidewalk to be removed will be and prepared for new sidewalk
  • Crosswalks will be completed at McCracken, Addison and Bourdon
  • Driveway approaches will be replaced on the north side
  • Sidewalk ramps will be installed at the intersections
  • Layout for pavement markings will be this Sunday, October 27

 

Other remaining work to be completed in November:

  • Furniture installation (benches and trash receptacles)
  • Light Pole and Charging Station installation
  • Tree Grate Installation (Moon to Torrent) and Tree plantings
  • Completion of the decorative walls (brick and stone caps), including lighting
  • Pavement markings which are tentatively planned for the weekend of November 2. These will be recessed into the surface of the pavement which will involve grinding the top surface and then putting the markings into the depression below the surface. This saves the pavement markings from being scrapped off with the first $#0W Plows. (and 2nd, 3rd, 4th…).

 

Please note that when driveway approaches and sidewalk across driveways are poured, allow for a minimum of 3 days before driving on it to prevent the concrete from getting damaged prior to full curing. You may park overnight on the street, but please be aware of the work going and be ready to move vehicles in the morning when workers begin. All concrete in the roadways with the exception of the crosswalks at Bourdon, Addison, and McCracken are open and cured. This includes the parking lanes.

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This week, more concrete was poured which included the remainder of the concrete parking lanes, curb and gutter and the colored crosswalks on Lakeshore Drive.  Addison and McCracken remain open and as such will have more concrete to poured in those areas once the other side has cured to allow for traffic.  More wall work took place, light pole bases were delivered and preparations for sidewalk and driveway restorations are ongoing at this time. Consumers Energy had their team out on site removing old ‘cobra head’ lights and cleaning some poles that will be removed from the site permanently. Here is what to expect next week, the week of October 21, 2019:
  • Work will proceed tomorrow, Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Asphalt will be installed at the west end of the job. Sidewalks will be poured from Palmer to Frisbee.
  • Electrical conduit will be installed on the south side for the new lighting
  • Irrigation conduit will be installed behind the curb in areas receiving tree grates between Moon and Torrent
  • The roadway will be cleaned and prepped for blowing out and sealing the concrete joints. This work will likely create a lot of dust
  • Grading and preparation work for sidewalk and curbing to be installed behind the sidewalk as well as driveway approaches
  • More light pole bases to be installed on the south side and near the decorative wall at Ruddiman Creek
  • The plan at this time, depending on the curing of the concrete and the sealing of the pavement joints, is to open 2 lanes of traffic on Lakeshore Drive around Wednesday, October 22, 2019
This week, a lot of concrete was poured which included all of the mainline lanes, most all of the curb and gutter, many of the side streets and several sections of the parking lane on the south side. Paving was slowed today by the rain, but forms are installed for tomorrow. More bricks did go up on the decorative wall near Ruddiman Creek and the north side of the wall is nearing completion, minus the caps on the wall. Here is what to expect next week, the week of October 14, 2019: Work will proceed tomorrow, Saturday, October 12, 2019. The concrete subcontractor will pour the parking lane between Blodgett and Estes, the McCracken and other Intersections and parking lanes. Cross walk gaps will be paved with dyed concrete Joint sealing the mainline concrete joints at the end of the week. This will involve blowing out all the joints in the concrete and then sealing them with hot rubber. This may produce some dust when the joints are blown out. Asphalt paving at the end near McCracken Paving the gapped areas at McCracken and Addison More work on the masonry walls Conduit installation for the underground wiring for the street lights and irrigation Street light bases will begin to be installed on the south side We are hoping to open the road to two-way traffic (on the north and center lanes) next weekend or the beginning of the week of October 21. The week of October 21 will be sidewalk and driveway approaches between Palmer and Frisbee (both sides) Planter curbs in the bump outs More irrigation conduit and work on the street lighting More work on the masonry walls.
This week, the progress was slowed quite a bit by the rains. Not nearly as much concrete was poured as we had hoped. However, more bricks did go up on the decorative wall near Ruddiman Creek, the roadway was graded and readied for concrete, most of the concrete curb and gutter on the south side of the road was installed and today, we began paving the eastbound lane and the remainder of the center left turn lane between McCracken and Torrent. Drainage structures and water main valves have been adjusted for paving operations. Here is what to expect next week, the week of October 7, 2019: Work will proceed tomorrow, Saturday, October 5, 2019. The concrete subcontractor will pour the intersections of Mann and Torrent. They intend to work until about 2PM tomorrow Mainline concrete paving will continue Monday, and the plan is to continue with that all the way to the end. After mainline paving, the remainder of the curb and gutter work will be done as well as the decorative crosswalks. Side streets may also be poured. More work will continue on the decorative wall at Ruddiman Creek. After the curb and gutter and the mainline and the decorative crosswalks are done, the parking lane will be poured.