Important Information

Contractor: Brenner Excavating of Hopkins, MI

Contact (onsite daily): Jay Arndt
616–291–0664 (cell)

Contact (emergency): Matt Warners
616–366–7415 (cell)

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

Onsite Contact: Brian Folkema
231–349–1398

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

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All work is weather dependent.

Please let us know if you have any issues with mail delivery or garbage collection.  Thank you very much for your patience and cooperation throughout this project. We should be done next week!

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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 Norton Shores – Broadway Avenue Reconstruction

This week, the roadway received the final course of asphalt, and the striping went down today. Mailboxes were re-installed on Wednesday. The road was open to traffic when the paving operation was completed on Tuesday. We will be working on a few punch-list items here and there for the next week or so, but the project is essentially complete. If you have any issues with the restoration, please let us know so we can add these areas to the punch-list.

Thank you very much for all of your patience during this project! Have a wonderful rest of the year and we hope you appreciate the investment of the reconstructed Broadway that was done over the last 2 years.

Again, we missed another deadline. The road is ready for pavement, but subcontractor schedules unfortunately prevented the top course of asphalt from going down this week as originally planned.

This week, the Contractor has restored all the areas outside the paved surfaces with topsoil and hydroseed. The rain today was perfect timing to help the seeds germinate and we might even see grass growing as soon as next week. Signs were being installed this afternoon in the rain.

Here is what to expect next week, which should be our final week of construction, the week of October 14, 2019:

Top course of paving is now scheduled for Monday, October 14, 2019. The paving contractor will begin by paving the areas behind the sidewalk (asphalt driveways and other asphalt areas disturbed) and then will finish with the roadway paving.
Pavement striping will take place Tuesday, October 15, 2019 and the road should be open to traffic that day.
Punchlist work, final cleanups and removal of traffic control will round out the week and we should be fully complete by the end of next week.
Please allow a few hours for the fresh asphalt to cool before driving on it. Parking on the street is allowed over the weekend. All concrete driveways should be open except for the few that have some asphalt that need to be paved behind the sidewalk. Please do NOT cut through the gas stations at Getty to get around the barricades. Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

Insert photo of completed project here:

{Next week we hope!}

First, I’m sorry to say we will miss our original schedule of opening the road to traffic today; our apologies. The weather the last two weeks has caused enough delays to allow one more week to finish a quality project instead of rushing to meet a deadline.

This week, the contractor and their subcontractor finished all of the concrete sidewalk, intersection ramps, and driveway approaches. The underground drainage system was inspected internally via camera to ensure all joints were installed properly and there were no leaks. The contractor has leveled out most areas disturbed and has spread topsoil in preparation of seeding. All the sewer manhole covers and valve covers have been adjusted to the new road elevation.

Here is what to expect next week, which should be our final week of construction, the week of October 7, 2019:

More restoration of lawn areas and general site clean-up
Seeding will take place either Tuesday or Wednesday next week
Final layer of asphalt is tentatively scheduled for Thursday. This is for the roadway and any areas behind the sidewalk that have been disturbed and needs asphalt.
Pavement striping and signage is scheduled of Friday
ROAD IS SCHEDULED TO BE FULLY OPEN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019
Once again, I have to say that all work is Weather Dependent as we saw this past week.

Please keep vehicles off the concrete (curb and driveway approaches) for a minimum of 3 days after it is poured to allow the concrete to achieve full strength. Damages to fresh concrete will delay the entire construction process. Also, please allow a few hours for the fresh asphalt to cool before driving on it. Parking on the street will be allowed over the weekend. If your driveway and curb were done this week, you will be able to drive on it Monday. Walking across the concrete is OK, but it may be slippery when wet for the first few rains until the curing compound (white sprayed on the concrete) absorbs into the concrete.

Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit, and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

Happy Paving Day!

That’s right, we have been paving the first course of asphalt all day today. The contractor and their sub-contractors have been very busy this past week by installing and spreading all of the gravel road base, finishing nearly all the concrete curb and gutter on the project, pouring most of the concrete sidewalk and driveway approaches on the north side. They also got over half of the concrete sidewalk on the south side of the road completed. That enabled the first course of asphalt to go down today on schedule.

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

The contractor will raise the manhole castings and valve boxes to grade for the top course of asphalt – Yes, we will be cutting holes in the new asphalt. This is normal.
The concrete subcontractor will be back to finish driveway approaches, sidewalk and sidewalk ramps at intersections. They should be done with this work by next Wednesday.
Asphalt areas behind the sidewalk will be restored with new asphalt.
Restoration work with grading and spreading of topsoil will take place next week.
The final (top) course of asphalt is currently scheduled to go down next Friday which was the original completion date, October 4.
Pavement markings and signs will be installed after the top course of asphalt.
The road should be open fully open to traffic once the pavement markings are placed.
Remember that all work is weather dependent.

Please keep vehicles off the concrete (curb and driveway approaches) for a minimum of 3 days after it is poured to allow the concrete to achieve full strength. Damages to fresh concrete will delay the entire construction process. Also, please allow a few hours for the fresh asphalt to cool before driving on it. Parking on the street will be allowed over the weekend. If your driveway and curb were done this week, you will be able to drive on it Monday. Walking across the concrete is OK, but it may be slippery when wet for the first few rains until the curing compound (white sprayed on the concrete) absorbs into the concrete.

Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

This week, the Contractor completed all of the drainage pipe and structures, finishing all of the underground utility work. They continued to spread road gravel base material and prepped for the concrete curb and gutter which is getting installed today on the south side of the road.

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

The contractor plans to work a full day tomorrow, Saturday, September 21, 2019
More pavement removals at the intersections will be done as well as near Getty. The lane in Getty should be opened next week as well.
They hope to complete all of the concrete curb and gutter on the south side of the road tomorrow, Saturday.
Driveway access will not be available for 3 days to allow for the concrete to cure. Parking is allowed on the street outside of construction hours.
More concrete work will proceed through next week with the north side curb and gutter, sidewalk and driveway approaches.
The road gravel will be graded and prepped for asphalt
The goal at this time is to pave the first course of asphalt next Friday, September 27, 2019
The week of September 30 will be lawn restoration, raising manhole and valve structures in the road, asphalt driveway restoration and hopefully final paving at the end of the week!
The Contractor is still trying to maintain a lane of traffic through the construction zone for access to homes and businesses. However, this lane will not likely continuous through the entire construction site as the road is currently being re-built. Access will be maintained, but you may need to go around the block to get to your home or business. Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

This week, the Contractor fought a lot of rainy weather but was able to cut the road grade down and place gravel road base from Continental to Bailey on the south side of the road. The curb and gutter that was proposed this week was delayed due to weather. The contractor completed the drainage system on the south side of the road as well. The remaining asphalt on the north side of the road has been removed as has the north curb and gutter and most of the sidewalk.

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

  • No work is planned for Saturday, September 14, 2019.
  • Storm drainage pipe will be extended for new structures on the north side of the road
  • Grading for the new sidewalk on the south side of the road will take place
  • Cutting the grade on the north side may begin as well
  • The curb and gutter for the south side is now tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 18. When this happens, you will not have access to your driveway until Saturday, September 21 to allow the concrete to cure. You will be able to park in the street on the gravel in front of your home.

This week, the Contractor installed drainage pipe and structures except near Huizenga Street. The old water main has been removed from the ground. The road is being cut on the south side and getting ready for base gravel to be installed next week.  Gravel road base material began being delivered to the site and it began to be placed near Getty and Continental.

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

  • No work is planned for Saturday, September 7, 2019.
  • The remainder of the storm drainage pipe and structures will be installed at Huizenga.
  • The remaining asphalt will likely be removed along with the north sidewalk, curb and driveways beginning Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
  • Road gravel will continue to be delivered to the site for placement in the south lane and the new concrete curb and gutter on the south side is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 12.  When this happens, you will not have access to your driveway until Monday, September 16 to allow the concrete to cure over the weekend.  You will be able to park in the street on the gravel in front of your home.
  • Sidewalks and driveway approaches will begin to be prepped on the south side with some possibly poured the following Monday, September 16.

The Contractor is still trying to maintain a lane of traffic through the construction zone for access to homes and businesses. However, this lane will not likely continuous through the entire construction site as the road is currently being re-built. Access will be maintained, but you may need to go around the block to get to your home or business. Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

Today, the Contractor completed all of the water main work on the project. The old water main is out of service now and the new water main is fully functional and tied in to all the side streets. All homes and businesses on Broadway are tied into the new water main. Removal of the old water main will begin to take place, but the remainder of today will be site clean up for the Labor Day Holiday Weekend.

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

No work is planned for Saturday–Monday. Work will resume the morning of Tuesday, September 3.
The old water main will be removed from the ground.
Storm drainage pipe and structures will be installed. The goal is to complete all of this installation by the end of the week. This will involve cutting sections of the lane remaining to install storm drainage structures on the north side of the road.
Road gravel may begin to be delivered to the site for placement in the south lane and preparations may begin for the new curb and gutter on the south side. However, with the amount of storm sewer pipe that needs to be installed and next week being a short week due to the Holiday, this will likely begin the week of September 12.
Road construction with new curbs, driveway approaches and sidewalk will be done in the mid to late September with paving and restoration at the end of September.
One lane remains on the north side for accessing homes and businesses on Broadway within the construction zone. Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman. This lane will be closed several times during the work day next week for the storm installations. Please plan accordingly.

We just learned from the field that the power is out along Broadway Avenue in Norton Shores all through our construction zone. According to our field representatives, this was NOT caused by the construction.

I did see from the Consumers Energy Outage Map online that the cause was labeled as ‘Trees’ and at least 1,618 customers are affected.

Estimated restoration time is within the next few hours according to Consumers Energy. They have a crew onsite already working on restoring the power and may be restored much sooner.

Please report any down power lines immediately and please be safe.

This week, the contractor began connecting the new water main to the City’s existing water distribution system after all tests passed early in the week. Connections were made at Bailey, Getty, Continental, Austin, Valley and Madison. Water services on the south side of Broadway have been installed and/or replaced along with many water services between Madison and Austin on the north side.

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

No work is planned for Saturday, August 24, 2019, but Saturday work may be an option to maintain the schedule in the future.
Any water service not replaced or installed yet will be completed. These should be done by Wednesday.
More system connections will be made at Huizenga, Brunswick and Vulcan for the new water main. These are tentatively scheduled to be done on or before next Thursday.
Work will likely be done early next Friday, August 30 heading into Labor Day weekend with site cleanup.
Looking ahead, if the water system work is not completed next week, it will be completed the week of Labor Day. Also that week, the old water main will be removed and the remaining drainage system will be installed and the remainder of the road may begin to be removed for the new road to begin to take shape.
Road construction with new curbs, driveway approaches and sidewalk will be done in the middle of September with paving and restoration at the end of September.
Please note that if/when there is an interruption to your water service (customers will be notified prior to planned outages), you may experience discolored water. Please run the cold water in your tub until the water is clear. If the water appears cloudy, it is typically due to tiny air bubbles that are trapped in the water. Just leave the water in a glass and it will clear up (the air will dissipate).

One lane remains on the north side for accessing homes and businesses on Broadway within the construction zone. Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.