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

Below is an update on the Lakeshore Drive reconstruction work in the City of Muskegon:

Work that took place this week:

Conduit and pole bases have been installed for the new light poles on the north side of the road between McCracken and Frisbee. Concrete curb and gutter was poured and steel reinforcing bars have been installed for the dyed crosswalks. The remainder of the mainline concrete was poured this week with the exception of the driveway gaps and the crosswalks. The pavement gap at Estes to the north (Car Ferry Entrance) is being prepped now and will be poured this evening so it can be reopened Monday morning. Excavation for the wall near Ruddiman Creek began.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 5, 2019:

Work will take place tomorrow, Saturday, August 3, 2019 which will be curb and gutter near Laketon and driveway pavement gaps
Crosswalks will be poured with dyed concrete (Dark Grey)
Driveway approaches will be poured
Access to driveways should be restored after concrete is cured, but the curb and gutter as well as the driveway approach work will continue to limit access
Once the crosswalks are cured and sealed, temporary access to homes and businesses on the new concrete will be easier
We are anticipating traffic on the new concrete to be shifted over on or around Monday, August 12, 2019. It will remain a single lane in the westbound direction as it is now.

 

Work that took place this week:

The road base gravel was finished on the north side and graded for the paving operations to begin and on Tuesday, the Contractor began paving operations! A lane and a half of concrete was placed from Robinson to McCracken. Drainage structures and water valve boxes were adjusted to meet the new concrete. Crosswalks have been cut and those areas will be removed tomorrow (Saturday). The contractor also has to wait for the concrete to cure before they can continue paving the gaps for the crosswalks, driveway approaches, curb and gutter, and gaps for driveway and road access points.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 29, 2019:

Work will take place tomorrow, Saturday, July 27
Curb and gutter will be installed next to the new pavement
Gaps will be filled in with concrete and driveways and road access points will be switched over
Crosswalks will be poured with dyed concrete (Dark Grey)
Wall construction near Ruddiman Creek may begin
Access to driveways should be restored after concrete is cured, but the curb and gutter as well as the driveway approach work will continue to limit access

Work that took place this week:

The Contractor completed the removals of the old water main and finished installing the last pieces of storm sewer and a few water services for the future irrigation system for the new street trees planned. Conduit is being installed for that irrigation system on the north side of the road as well as conduit for the new lighting. The new road bed has been cut out and gravel base material is being placed from McCracken to Addison and being shaped.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 22, 2019:

*There will be some major disruptions to access to north side properties over the next week!*

Work will take place tomorrow, Saturday, July 20
The gravel road base will be compacted and shaped for paving. String lines will be placed for setting the proper height of the new concrete roadway
TUESDAY, JULY 23 – Concrete is planned to be installed for the north half of the road. The concrete will be installed from Laketon and go towards McCracken. It will take 2–3 days to complete the north half of the roadway.
There will be gaps in the new concrete for the crosswalks which will be poured later with a different color (dark grey)
Gaps in the concrete will be made to maintain access to the following road intersections to maintain traffic which means half of the intersection will be poured or in the case of a business with multiple driveways, only one will be accessible:
Lakeshore near Laketon
Estes for the Ferry Traffic and RCP – Truck traffic to the gravel dock will be halted once paving begins until the following week.
Roy’s Dentist office
Lakeside Emporium
Auto Repair Shops
Mann for Great Lakes Marina
McCracken for Boat Launch and the Bait Shop
*All other driveways and Torrent will NOT have access for at least 3 days after pouring to allow for the concrete to cure*

Paving plans to be to Estes by the end of day Tuesday. If you live east of Estes, please have vehicles out of your driveway Monday night.
If you live west of Estes, please have vehicles out of your driveway Tuesday night.
You will be able to walk on the new concrete within a few hours of the pavement being poured, but you will NOT BE ABLE TO DRIVE on or over the new concrete until it is cured fully. This typically takes a MINIMUM of 3 days. Please do not remove barricades from driveways. We will remove them as soon as possible. The same will take place when the concrete driveway approach is poured which will likely be the week of July 29, but you will be able to park on the new concrete in front of your home/business at that time.
Parking on side streets is allowed, but please be patient and respectful of the workers and your neighbors! Use parking lots that are left open.
The paving operation is a multistep process because of the different colored crosswalks, the maintenance of access to roads and businesses, and to allow for the concrete to cure properly. If concrete is not allowed to cure properly before loading is introduced, it could fail prematurely. This project is designed to last 30 years or more. Once paving is done from Laketon to McCracken, it will start again with curb installation and filling in the gaps for the crosswalks and the intersections/driveways.
Please remember that all work is weather dependent. If the weather does not cooperate next week, there will be delays in the dates mentioned above.

Schedule Update from last week: The traffic shift to the new pavement poured next week will take place in the middle of August and the second phase is expected to last until after Labor Day when both lanes of traffic will be reopened. All construction is planned to be complete by early November, 2019.

Work that took place this week:

The Contractor replaced a deep sanitary sewer manhole structure near Laketon and the last water services and all homes and businesses on the north side of Lakeshore Drive are now connected to the new 30-inch water main. Taps were made for receiving water services from homes and businesses on the south side. The new water main was tied into the existing system on Wednesday and the old 24” water main on the north side is being removed between McCracken and Addison and should be done this afternoon. The remainder of the new drainage system on the north side of the road can be installed now that the water main will be out of the way. New concrete bases for the new lighting system have been delivered to the site.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 15, 2019:

All remaining materials from the north water main will be hauled off site (and recycled!)
The remaining drainage system on the north side of the road will be completed
Cutting of the roadway for the installation of the road base (gravel) will take place between McCracken and Addison
The gravel will be graded and prepared for paving to begin the following week, the week of July 22
Some utility poles and old ‘cobra head’ lighting will be removed and that work will span into the week of July 22

Here is a brief update for the Lakeshore Drive reconstruction work in the City of Muskegon:

Work that took place this week: The Contractor installed water services and drainage structures and placed gravel road base down to Addison. Water service preparations are also being done for the next phase of construction. It is a short week due to the Holiday and the contractor does not expect to work this Friday or Saturday after the Fourth of July.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 8, 2019:

All water services to the north will be completed
The final water main tie-in at McCracken will be tied in
A deep sanitary sewer manhole will be replaced near Laketon
Old water main will be removed
More work on completion of the drainage systems on the north side will be done
If your water service was recently replaced with this project, please remember to follow the flushing suggestions to remove any debris in the line. The flushing instructions are simply to flush all fixtures for roughly 30 minutes after removing the aerators in kitchen and bathroom sinks. If the water is cloudy, it is likely due to small air bubbles trapped in the water which is normal during construction. If you fill a clear glass (or pitcher) of water and let it sit for several minutes, the water should clear up.

Work that took place this week:

The Contractor began cutting soil and compacting it for the new roadway on the north side between Addison and Laketon. Gravel road base is being delivered and will be shaped to be ready for the new concrete road to be placed after Independence Day. Water services to homes and businesses are being replaced and installed between Torrent and Addison. Grading the areas behind the new curb for the new sidewalk between Frisbee and Laketon is being done. The new roadway in this location will be placed in a different location than the old road because the new road will be a little narrower than the old roadway because there will not be an island near Lakeshore and Laketon.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 1, 2019:

Work is not expected tomorrow, Saturday, June 29, 2019, but this may change for more water service work.
Water service replacement will continue east of McCracken to Blodgett and hopefully all will be completed.
If all water services are installed, the final water main tie-in in this phase will be completed at McCracken
Once the final water main connection is complete at McCracken, the old 24 inch water main on the north side of the road will be removed and the remainder of the drainage pipes will be installed on the north end
Once the water main pipes are removed and the drainage system is built, the roadway can be built between McCracken and Addison
The roadway will begin taking shape for paving after Independence Day Weekend
Work will take place next week only from Monday through Wednesday as the Contractor will not be working through the Independence Day Holiday Weekend.

*Attention: Lakeshore Drive will be completely closed to traffic between Laketon Ave. and Addison St. this Saturday, June 22 from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.*

The road closure is to allow for the Seaway Run to take place in this area. West bound traffic will be rerouted from Laketon Ave. to Barclay St. to Hackley Ave. to McGraft Park Rd./Addison St. and then back onto Lakeshore Drive.

Here is a brief update for the Lakeshore Drive reconstruction work in the City of Muskegon:

Work that took place this week: The contractor completed all water main testing necessary for the water main to be tied into the existing system. The water main was tied in at Addison, Torrent, and McCracken allowing for 30-inch water main to be live and pressurized. With the main live the contractor was able to begin water service installation starting at Addison Street and working west towards McCracken. Existing storm sewer was removed between McCracken and Mann. New drainage structures were installed between McCracken and Addison for the new road.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of June 24, 2019:

Work will continue tomorrow, Saturday, June 22 with grading of the sand subbase.
Water service replacement will continue for houses to the north working from Addison St. west to McCracken. Subcontractor for this work is SWT Excavating and this work may involve an indoor plumbing connection.
Storm sewer pipe will be placed from the drainage structure to the limits of the Phase 1 construction.
Contractor will be grading the sand subbase for the new road starting at Laketon working their way west to McCracken.
Aggregate road base is planned to be installed from Laketon to Addison.
The 24 inch water main connection at McCracken may take place at end of the week depending on the status of water service replacements.
Photo of the Water Main Connection at Addison St.:

Please remember that all work is weather dependent.

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

Work in the current phase is taking about a week longer due some unforeseen old infrastructure and some environmental concerns that had to be dealt with properly and safely. The next phase will go much faster than the first phase as it will only entail connecting southern water mains and services to the new water main. We understand the impact of the construction to the normal daily life and business and no one wants this to go longer than it should. Please know that the Contractor has multiple crews working on the project now and although there may not be work immediately in front of your home/business, please rest assured that there is work ongoing on the project in multiple places at one time. The end of the June will see the new road taking shape. The phase and traffic shift will likely take place in early July. Two-way traffic will not be re-established on Lakeshore Drive until the beginning of August. All construction is planned to be complete by the end of October, 2019.

Important Information:

Contractor is Jackson-Merkey of Muskegon
Their emergency contact is Brian DeLong at 231.638.0813 (Cell Phone)

City of Muskegon Department of Public Works
Leo Evans, 231.724.6920

Lakeside Business District
Bill Schneider, 231.288.1076

Prein&Newhof will have personnel in the field on behalf of the City
Jeff Fischer, 616.591.7536

Thank you very much for your ongoing patience and cooperation on this project. Please do not hesitate to call my cell phone number at 616.218.2940 or email me at dsorek@preinnewhof.com if you have any questions whatsoever regarding the construction, the plans or if there are any issues. Remember, please share this information with your customers and neighbors who may not have email. Also feel free to copy and paste this to social media that might help get the word out.

 

We would like to recognize the Lakeside Emporium for their Anniversary celebration this weekend! Crews will not be working in this area near Torrent and Lakeshore tomorrow (Saturday, June 15).

Work that took place this week:

The contractor finished the installation of the large 30-inch diameter water main. The water main was tested for leaks. It has been disinfected and tests will be taken over the weekend to ensure the pipe is sanitary. New hydrants were installed from the new water main. New storm drainage structures have been installed between Addison and Robinson. A water service leak was discovered today near the old Harbor Theater and was promptly repaired. The road had to be temporarily closed and traffic rerouted to complete the repairs on this line that is connected to the old south water main.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of June 17, 2019:

Work will continue tomorrow, Saturday, June 15 with removal of old storm drains near McCracken.
The first water main tie-in on this section of water main between McCracken and Addison is currently scheduled for Monday, June 17, 2019 and should only affect addresses 1700 and 1716 Lakeshore Drive for 4-6 hours.
Tie-ins will also be conducted to the water main to the north at McCracken and the water main to the north at Torrent which will disrupt water to the Marina and the Ferry Dock.
Water services will be replaced for homes and businesses on the north side of the road to the new water main. Subcontractor for this work will be SWT Excavating and this work may also involve indoor plumbing connections.
More work will take place removing old storm drains and installing new ones for the new road.
Contractor will begin grading the road and preparing the subbase for the new road starting at Laketon and working their way west to McCracken.
Aggregate road base installation may begin next week which is one of the last steps before paving.

Work that took place this week: The contractor began placing the final leg of water main between McCracken and Torrent. Water main has been installed between McCracken and Mann and work will continue on that tomorrow. One of the old water mains has been removed between VanderLinde and Palmer and water services were tapped and most replaced on the new main between VanderLinde and Palmer. New storm sewer was installed near Lakeshore and Laketon.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of June 10, 2019:

Work will continue tomorrow, Saturday, June 8 with water main installation east of Mann Street.
All water main should be installed by mid-week next week with pressure testing, disinfection and sampling taking place the end of the week with water main tie-ins possibly scheduled for early the week of June 17. This is when water service will be disrupted for a few hours at a time. We will know more at the end of next week to inform customers as soon as possible as to where these disruptions will take place and who they will affect. At this time, we are looking at affecting customers on the north side of the road between Denmark and Addison.
New storm sewer installation will continue.
Removal of the north 24” water main will take place after all the water main is tied in and all customers on the north side of the road are tied to the new water main.
Road reconstruction will begin to take place after the storm sewer is complete
De-watering activities will cease after next week.

Work that took place this week: Other than the exciting geyser on Wednesday morning, work continued on the connection of the 30” diameter water main between VanderLinde and Palmer. There is new, reliable water main in service now between Addison and the end of the project near Palmer and Laketon. However, there is still an old 24” water main on the south side of the road that will be replaced in the next phase. We are replacing the two 24” water mains with a new, single 30” water main on most of this project between McCracken and Addison and between Addison and Palmer. The water main was already replaced the last time the City reconstructed Lakeshore Drive between Addison and VanderLinde. New storm drain structures have been installed between Torrent and Palmer on the north side of the road. There was also some clean up and restoration work from the water main break on Wednesday.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of June 3, 2019:

Work will begin on the final leg of 30” water main installation between McCracken and Torrent.
New taps will be installed on the new water main between VanderLinde and Palmer for eventually tying over each service to the new water main in the next phase.
Removal of the old, north 24” water mains between VanderLinde and Palmer will take place for the completion of storm drain installation.
Dewatering work will resume where water main is being installed between McCracken and Torrent.
The concrete base for the decorative wall near Ruddiman Creek and Frisbie could get formed and poured.
Work in the current phase is taking about a week longer due some unforeseen old infrastructure and some environmental concerns that had to be dealt with properly and safely. The next phase will go much faster than the first phase as it will only entail connecting southern water mains and services to the new water main. We understand the impact of the construction to the normal daily life and business and no one wants this to go longer than it should. Please know that the Contractor has multiple crews working on the project now and although there may not be work immediately in front of your home/business, please rest assured that there is work ongoing on the project in multiple places at one time. The end of the June will see the new road taking shape. The phase and traffic shift will likely take place in early July. Two-way traffic will not be re-established on Lakeshore Drive until the beginning of August. All construction is planned to be complete by the end of October, 2019.