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City of Walker - Kinney Avenue Reconstruction

Important Information

Kinney Avenue will be reconstructed from Lake Michigan Drive to Leonard Street. Improvements to the corridor include constructing a center turn lane, adding concrete curb and gutter, replacing the roadside ditches with storm sewer, and adding sidewalk on the east side of the roadway.

Road reconstruction is anticipated to begin the week of April 29 and be complete by the end of September. Construction work will generally be conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with possible work on Saturdays.

Access/Traffic: Kinney Avenue will be closed to through traffic but will stay accessible to residents in the immediate construction area and embedded neighborhoods. There may be times when access will be limited to either north or south as storm sewer is installed. Driveway access may also be interrupted for short periods of time but will be restored by the end each workday. For traffic that does not have a destination within the construction zone, Wilson Avenue will be the posted detour for this project.

Mail: The contractor will make the necessary arrangements with postal service to assure uninterrupted mail delivery. This will likely be with a pool of temporary mailboxes at either end of the project.

Garbage Pickup: The contractor will maintain uninterrupted garbage pickup. Please have your bin at the end of the driveway the night before pickup.

Contact

P&N Engineer
Tyler DeNooyer, PE, Project Manager
616-481-0693

P&N Construction Observer
Phil Kamp
616-522-5900

Contractor
Brenner Excavating
Ellen Bentley
269-793-7531

City
Scott Conners, PE, City Engineer
City of Walker
616-791-6792

Today’s construction activities will be concentrated between #740 and #832 Kinney (Edinboro St to Imperial Dr). Edinboro St is closed at Kinney Ave. Local traffic seeking to travel through this area should expect delays or seek an alternate route.

Work Completed Last Week
  • Aggregate base has been installed on the GVSU Private Drive.
  • Storm sewer mainline was installed north past Marlboro Street.
  • The northbound lane on Kinney Avenue was restored back to aggregate base from the GVSU Private Drive to Marlboro St.
  • Kent Power finished installing gas services on the west side of Kinney Ave.
Anticipated Work This Week
  • The 30-inch mainline storm sewer will continue to be installed north toward Edinboro St.
  • On Monday the southbound lane of Kinney Ave. was milled from the GVSU Private Drive to Marlboro St, and the northbound lane was milled from Edinboro St. north approximately to Thornwyk Dr.
  • Storm sewer crossings on Kinney Ave. will begin to be installed in the southbound lane.
  • The detention basin will be restored with topsoil, seed, fertilizer, and mulch blanket after riprap is installed.
  • Kent Power began installing gas services on the east side of Kinney Avenue using the horizontal directional drill installation method.
Local traffic is restricted to one lane (using flaggers) within the northbound lane from the GVSU Private Drive north to Marlboro St.  At Marlboro St. traffic is shifted back to the southbound lane to cross the storm sewer mainline operation near Edinboro St.In addition to the weekly progress updates, more frequent maintenance of traffic updates will begin to be posted on the construction update webpage at preinnewhof.com.  Our goal is to provide approximate locations of daily construction activities affecting local traffic as they change throughout each week.  We appreciate your patience and understanding that local traffic will not always be able to cross past the storm sewer and road building operations and may require following the posted detour around Wilson Ave.  While delays should be expected, access to every house within the project area and nested neighborhoods will be maintained at all times.  

Today’s construction activities will be concentrated between #673 and #740 Kinney (Edinboro Street to Marlboro Street). Local traffic seeking to travel through this area should expect delays or seek an alternate route.

Work Completed Last Week

  • Mainline storm sewer was installed crossing Kinney at the GVSU Private Drive and north to the end of the gas main conflict.
  • Mainline storm sewer was also installed from Hampton Lane north approximately 200 feet.
  • Underdrain was installed and sand subbase was installed at the GVSU Private Drive.
  • Kent Power completed a tie-in to the existing gas main at Leonard Street and gassed up the new 8-inch main.  Gas services were installed along the west side of Kinney between Thornwyk Drive and Leonard Street.

 

Anticipated Work This Week

  • Brenner’s underground crew will continue to installed 36-inch and 30-inch storm sewer north along the east curbline of Kinney Avenue.
  • Brenner’s road crew is scheduled to arrive today to install aggregate base at the GVSU Private Drive and continue installing underdrain, sand subbase and aggregate base for the roadway along Kinney Avenue between the GVSU Private Drive and Hampton Lane.
  • The detention basin will soon be restored with topsoil, seed and mulch blanket after gravel is installed on the GVSU Private Drive.
  • Kent Power will continue installing services along the west side of Kinney Avenue working from Thornwyk Drive south to Lake Michigan Drive.

 

The southbound lane on Kinney Avenue will continue to be utilized with flaggers for local traffic between the GVSU Private Drive and the underground crew north of Hampton Lane.

It’s been another week of progress along Kinney Avenue.  Here’s what was done and what’s planned to come:

Work Completed Last Week

  • Roadway subbase and underdrain continued to be installed on the GVSU Private Drive
  • Storm sewer mainline was installed up to Hampton Lane and along the GVSU Private Drive near Kinney Avenue
  • Rough grading for the east sidewalk along Kinney Avenue has begun
  • DTE abandoned a section of gas main in conflict with the storm sewer just north of the GVSU Private Drive to allow for storm sewer installation this week

Anticipated Work This Week

  • Brenner will install mainline storm sewer in the section near GVSU where the gas main was abandoned
  • A road crew will arrive to begin installing subbase, underdrain, and aggregate base along the northbound lane of Kinney Avenue between the GVSU Private Drive and Hampton Lane.
  • The southbound lane will may also be milled within this area by the end of the week
  • Kent Power may begin installing gas services along Kinney Avenue

Progress has been made on the approximately 12 to 15-foot-deep storm sewer main this week.  See below for a brief update:

 

Work Completed Last Week

  • Installed approximately 350 feet of 36-inch storm sewer up to Hampton Lane
  • Began rebuilding the GVSU Private Drive to the detention basin
  • Kent Power completed the installation of the 8-inch gas main up to Leonard Avenue

 

Anticipated Work This Week

  • Yesterday (Monday, April 22) and today, DTE is abandoning a section of gas main just north of the GVSU Private Drive that is in conflict with the new storm sewer
  • Brenner Excavating will install the storm sewer that was in conflict with the gas main over the next couple days (anticipated Wednesday and Thursday).  Then storm sewer main will continue to be installed from Hampton Lane to the north along the east side of Kinney.
  • Sand subbase and aggregate base will begin to be installed on the east side of Kinney between the GVSU Private Drive and Hampton Lane on Thursday or Friday
  • Kent Power will be filling the new main with gas within the next week or two after completing a tie-in to the old gas main at Leonard Avenue. New gas services will follow.

 

Kinney Avenue remains closed to through traffic.  Local traffic will continue to be flagged around both working operations for Kent Power and Brenner, but you may encounter minor delays.

The Kinney Avenue Project has made some progress this past week!   Below is brief update on what has been done and what is planned to come the remainder of this week:

Work Completed Last Week

  • Brenner Excavating has excavated the detention basin and has established rough grades.
  • The GVSU Drive has been closed.  The pavement has been removed and Brenner is installing the new storm sewer.
  • Kent Power continues to install new 8-inch gas main under the sidewalk on the west side Kinney Avenue.
  • Consumers Energy is on site working to relocate some of their facilities.

 

Anticipated Work This Week

  • Continue grading the detention basin
  • Install storm sewer improvements in the GVSU private drive and then head north on Kinney (east side) later in the week
  • Mill out portions of the pavement on Kinney, Brenner intends to keep as much of the existing as possible
  • Gas main will continue to be horizontally directionally drilled on Kinney Avenue on the west side

 

No change in mailbox locations is expected this week.

Traffic will be impacted once Brenner reaches Kinney with the storm sewer construction operation.  The crew will be working from north to south and will be moving approximately 150 feet further north each day.  Access  will be provided to local traffic only, but you may encounter more delays.

The Kinney Avenue Project is officially underway!  As of Monday, April 1, Kinney Avenue is closed to through traffic between Lake Michigan Drive and Leonard Street with a posted detour route via Wilson Avenue. Below is brief update on what has been done and what is planned to come the remainder of this week:

 

Work Completed Last Week

  • Brenner Excavating mobilized on Thursday, March 28
  • Top soil was stripped from the detention basin at the south end of the project and excavation began to expand the basin
  • Kent Power has continued to install new 8-inch gas main under the sidewalk on the west side Kinney Avenue from Lake Michigan Drive north to approximately Thornwyk Drive.

 

Anticipated Work This Week

  • Continue expanding and grading the detention basin
  • Install storm sewer improvements at the detention basin including the outlet control structure and 36-inch storm sewer inlet
  • Mill out the asphalt pavement on the GVSU private drive heading toward the detention basin (scheduled for Wednesday, April 3)
  • Top soil and hard surface removals may begin along Kinney Avenue soon including milling and removing approximately an approximately 8 foot wide swath along the east side of Kinney Avenue
  • Gas main will continue to be horizontally directionally drilled on Kinney Avenue from approximately Thornwyk Drive to the north.

 

On Tuesday morning, all mailboxes for residents along the east side of Kinney Avenue were relocated to a bank of mailboxes near the intersection of Hampton Lane and Kinney Avenue.  USPS will continue to deliver mail to this location until the mailboxes are able to be relocated toward the end of the project.

The start date for the Kinney Avenue Reconstruction Project has been rescheduled to Monday, April 1, 2024.  The road closure and detour route to Wilson Avenue will be set up Monday morning.  Crews will begin next week working at the detention basin near the south end of the project and stripping topsoil along Kinney Avenue.  Storm sewer installation along Kinney Avenue is anticipated to begin approximately 1 to 2 weeks after construction begins.

Due to the unseasonably warm weather this spring, the anticipated start date for Brenner Excavating to begin work on Kinney Avenue has been pushed up to Monday, March 25, 2024. Work will begin at the detention basin near the south end of the project. Within approximately 1 week, storm sewer will begin to be installed along the private drive to Kinney Avenue and continue north on the east side of Kinney Avenue. DTE will also continue to install gas main along the west side of Kinney Avenue.

If there are any questions or concerns as the project begins, please reach out to me (Tyler DeNooyer) at 616-481-0693.