Important Information

Contractor: Jackson–Merkey of Muskegon

Brian DeLong
231–638–0813

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City of Muskegon Department of Public Works

Leo Evans
231–724–6920

 

Lakeside Business District

Bill Schneider
231–288–1076

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

Tom Eilers
Onsite Contact
(231) 578–7986

Dan Sorek
Project Manager
(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.

*COMPLETED* City of Muskegon – Lakeshore Drive Reconstruction Project

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.

This week, the contractor finished all of the underground utility construction on the project with the last pieces of the new storm drainage system installed near VanderLinde and Robinson. The contractor continued to remove material for the road base gravel to be installed and shaped between Torrent Street and Laketon. Final shaping will take place right before paving. Paving was not able to begin this week, but string lines will go up beginning tomorrow and Monday for paving operations of the eastbound lane and the remainder of the center left turn lane. More brick work was completed on the decorative walls at Ruddiman Creek and they are looking nice. The electrical sub-contractor installed conduit under the road for installation of the light pole bases on the south side of the road which will happen after paving but before sidewalks are poured.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 30, 2019:

Work will proceed tomorrow, Saturday, September 28
Drainage structures and valves in the roadway will be adjusted to the new road elevation
The next lane and a half of roadway will be poured with concrete and is planned to start as soon as Monday, September 30. This will go on all week next week. Paving operations on the south side will take longer than they did on the north side due to the parking areas and more side streets that will have concrete poured. Each of the side streets will have the decorative cross walks across them as well which is a separate pour. All side streets will be closed to Lakeshore EXCEPT Addison and McCracken. Closures will remain until the concrete is cured which is a minimum of 3 days after the last piece is poured.
More work on the decorative walls will take place
We are a couple weeks away from opening traffic to both directions
Once all the roadway concrete is poured, including curb and gutter, parking areas, side streets and crosswalks, the work will focus on restoring the sidewalks and driveway approaches on the south side.

This week, the contractor built drainage structures and pipe between Mann Street and VanderLinde Street. Road base gravel was delivered, spread, graded and compacted between McCracken and Torrent Street. The contractor has cut the road subbase down to make room for the new gravel road base material east of Torrent and continues to work to the east. The mason arrived to the site this week and began adding block to the decorative sign wall and the north retaining wall near Ruddiman Creek

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 23, 2019:

Work will proceed tomorrow, Saturday, September 21
The remaining drainage system will be installed and completed
Drainage structures and valves in the roadway will be adjusted to the new road elevation
More road base gravel will be spread east of Torrent and it will be shaped and graded
The schedule is for the concrete crews to return next Wednesday, September 25 to begin preparing to pour the remainder of the center lane and the eastbound lane
Concrete may begin to be poured near McCracken as soon as Thursday, September 26. McCracken and Addison will be poured in phases to keep a lane of traffic open. All other road intersections will be closed when the concrete is poured at those intersections. Closures will remain until the concrete is cured which is a minimum of 3 days after the concrete is poured.
Crosswalks will be gaped out for the different colored concrete to be poured likely the following week, the week of September 30

 

 

This week, the contractor built drainage structures and pipe between McCracken and Mann Streets and also between Bourdon and Addison. Progress was slowed a bit due to the rainy weather this week. All concrete for the decorative wall and the sign walls near Ruddiman Creek and Frisbee Street have been completed and are awaiting the mason for the stone fascia and caps to be installed.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 16, 2019:

Drainage structures and pipe will be installed between Mann and Bourdon Streets.
The roadway will be begin to be cut for sand grade to begin receiving gravel road base.

Sorry, no pictures of old water main today. Although if you have driven through the site, you saw a lot of the old 24-inch cast iron water main pipe (that was most recently in service) that has been removed from the ground. The contractor worked on removing nearly all of the old water main from the ground this week as well as installing a lot of drainage structures and pipe. More decorative wall construction took place with the steel and framing for the concrete base on the south side of the road. Roadway removals on the south side streets also took place this week.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 9, 2019:

The goal is to have the remainder of the drainage structures and pipe installed
Remove more remaining walk and roadway that hasn’t been removed yet.
Preparations will be made for cutting the road for the gravel road base to be installed
The concrete base for the sign walls near Frisbee will be poured on the south side.
The contractor is working hard to get both directions of traffic open as soon as possible which is anticipated in late September. All construction is planned to be complete in November, 2019.

Ding Dong, the old water main is dead! Today, the Contractor completed the final water main tie-in so all of the old water main on Lakeshore Drive is now out of service. All homes and businesses on Lakeshore Drive are connected to the new water main and the new main is tied into all points of the City’s water distribution network now. There should be no further interruptions in water service for the duration of the project. Storm drain pipes and structures were also installed/replaced this week and the decorative wall at Ruddiman Creek has the base concrete poured. The contractor is now cleaning up the site for the long Labor Day Weekend. No work is planned for tomorrow, Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 2, 2019:

No work will take place on Labor Day. Work will resume the morning of Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The old 24” diameter water main in Lakeshore will be removed from McCracken to Addison
Storm drainage pipe and structures will be installed throughout the project on the south side of the road
The concrete base for the sign walls near Frisbee will be poured
Below is a picture of an old wooden water main that was removed when water services were installed between Mann and Torrent this week. We estimate this water main pre-dated the water main that we are removing which goes back to 1890. This wooden water main pipe likely last saw water passing through it before Teddy Roosevelt was president. This is also an example of the old infrastructure in the ground on this project that needs to be removed to make way for the new infrastructure.

The contractor is working hard to get both directions of traffic open as soon as possible which is anticipated in late September. All construction is planned to be complete in November, 2019.

At approximately 10:00AM today, one of the contractors damaged the natural gas main on the north side of Lakeshore Drive between Addison and Frisbee. The road has been closed for safety reasons until the repairs are made by DTE Energy. DTE is onsite now performing the repair. We have been told that the road should be re–opened within the next hour or so after the repairs have been made. Construction work in the area of the gas leak has stopped until the repairs are made.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Water main connections to the existing water system are complete on the south side of Lakeshore at Torrent, Blodgett, Estes, Bourdon, and Addison. Most water services have been replaced east of Torrent. The core concrete for the north decorative wall at Ruddiman Creek has been poured.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 26, 2019:

Work will take place tomorrow, Saturday, August 24.
Monday, the large diameter water main will be tied in at Palmer and near VanderLinde
The large diameter water main will be tied in near Addison
A water main stub and hydrant will be installed at Mann
Water services should be completed for all customers on Lakeshore to connect them to the new water main
The final water main tie-in at McCracken and Lakeshore could take place
Old water main removal may begin between VanderLinde and Palmer after the tie-ins are complete there.
More work on the decorative wall will take place
For water service connections, the disruption of service should only last about an hour. For water main tie-ins on the side streets, affected customers connected to the side streets may lose water for approximately 4 hours. If you do experience cloudy water, it is typically due to entrapped air in the water. Just let the water sit in a clear glass and within 5 minutes, you will see the water turn clear again. If it is discolored with red, please run your cold water until the water clears. The best way to do this is from a bath tub where there is no filter on the spigot. After your water service has been replaced, we recommend running your cold water for about 30 minutes from all fixtures starting from the basement and working your way up. Then turn off after flushing in the same order.

Here is an update on the progress since our update last week: Traffic was shifted over to the new concrete. The south lane has been milled and removed along with most of the old curb and gutter, and sidewalk. Driveways have been re-opened on temporary gravel to both the north and the south side of the road. Water main connections and stubs have been installed at VanderLinde, Addison and Blodgett. The light pole bases and electrical conduit on the north side are all installed. Construction of the new decorative wall near Ruddiman Creek has begun. While work is going on the north wall, traffic is routed onto the asphalt millings on the south side. When work is going on the south wall, traffic will remain on the concrete.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 19, 2019:

Work will take place tomorrow, Saturday, August 17.
Water services will be installed between Frisbee and Palmer to the new water main. A hydrant will be installed near the fire station. Water services will also be installed between Addison and McCracken with the work generally progressing from east to west. Other water main tie-ins will occur to side streets at Bourdon, Estes, Torrent, Mann and McCracken as well as large diameter connections at each end of the project later in the week.
Once all water services are installed and connections are made to the side streets, the old water main will be removed and the storm drains will installed. This work will not likely take place until the following week of August 26. Once that is completed, the new road will begin to take shape on the south side after Labor Day Weekend.
For water service connections, the disruption of service should only last about an hour. For water main tie-ins on the side streets, affected customers connected to the side streets may lose water for approximately 4 hours. If you do experience cloudy water, it is typically due to entrapped air in the water. Just let the water sit in a clear glass and within 5 minutes, you will see the water turn clear again. If it is discolored with red, please run your cold water until the water clears. The best way to do this is from a bath tub where there is no filter on the spigot. After your water service has been replaced, we recommend running your cold water for about 30 minutes from all fixtures starting from the basement and working your way up. Then turn off after flushing in the same order.

The contractor is working hard to get both directions of traffic open as soon as possible which is anticipated in Mid to late September. All construction is planned to be complete in November, 2019.

We are nearing the end of Phase One!

Here is what happened this week:

The cross walks were poured with dyed concrete and joints were cut into them. The pavement gaps at side streets and driveways have all been poured. Concrete curb and gutter has been poured near intersections. Areas have been prepared for asphalt to be placed tomorrow morning near the west end of Lakeshore, North side of McCracken, Mann, Torrent and Estes Streets. Driveways have been re-opened with temporary gravel. More light pole bases have been placed along with conduit for the underground electric to the light poles.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 12, 2019:

Work will take place tomorrow, Saturday, August 10, 2019 which will be asphalt paving for the areas noted above. The plan is to pave Estes and Mann before the other areas with the first layer of asphalt. Then McCracken and the end of Lakeshore. Torrent will be open for the Marina, but Mann will remain closed until the pavement is cooled. Then the top course of Mann will be placed followed by McCracken and the end of Lakeshore. Once Mann intersection is cooled enough to drive on, that intersection will be opened and Torrent will be closed. Then both layers of Torrent will be placed with a break between to allow for cooling.
Estes will not get a final course of asphalt at this time due to the heavy trucks going in and out still. Estes will get the final course of asphalt near the end of the entire project with the last bit of asphalt paving so the top course does not get damaged by construction activity.
Traffic will be shifted to the new concrete on Sunday, August 11, 2019
The traffic shift will remain a single westbound lane
The south half of the road will be removed starting on Monday, August 12
Side street and driveway access to the south may be temporarily interrupted while the milling machine is passing by. Please be patient.
Access to driveways will be restored with gravel after the milling machine passes
Curb and gutter will be removed on the south side.
For wall construction near Ruddiman Creek, the south lane of pavement will be pulverized in place and traffic may need to be shifted on to it to allow access for wall construction.
Once all the pavement is removed, water main tie-ins to the south side streets will begin along with water service connections to the new water main installed in Phase 1