Important Information

The City of North Muskegon will be reconstructing Bear Lake Road from Ruddiman Drive to Pennsylvania Avenue. Work will include the replacement of water services from the homes to the water main in the street. Some water main upgrades will also be installed as part of the project.

Construction will begin on August 31, 2020 and is expected to continue until mid-November. The designated detour route is Fenner Road/Buys Road and Ruddiman Drive. Access will be maintained to the local street off Bear Lake Road.


McCormick Sand of Twin Lake will be conducting the work and Prein&Newhof is the engineer for the project.


Dave Vander Molen
McCormick Sand
(231) 766–0466


Matt Hulst, PE
Project Manager
(616) 914–0557


Adam Assink, EIT
On-site Contact
(616) 212–7551


City of North Muskegon
(231) 744–1621

City of North Muskegon – Bear Lake Road Reconstruction


This week saw the Contactor (McCormick Sand) installing water hydrants, new water main valves and some storm sewer.


Work Completed This Week (September 14 – 18)

  • McCormick  completed water main improvements at the McConnell Intersection.
  • McCormick  completed a number of water services.
  • McCormick  began storm sewer replacements at Casenelli and McConnell Intersections.


Anticipated Work Next Week

  • Water service replacement will continue
  • Storm sewer replacement at Casenelli and Lancaster will be completed.
  • Driveway removals may be started near the end of the week.

This week we saw the Contractor (McCormick Sand) setting up traffic control signage, mobilizing equipment, and getting ready for upcoming work. For the first few weeks, the project will consist of water service replacements and miscellaneous utility improvements.


Work Completed This Week (August 31 – September 4)

  • McCormick set up traffic control and started mobilizing equipment to site.
  • McCormick completed some exploratory digging for utilities in preparation of work in the coming week.
  • McCormick began removing the curb and some pavement.


Anticipated Work Next Week

  • Water services will be replaced, starting at the south end of the project.
  • Water system improvements consisting of valve replacements and a new hydrant will be completed possibly near the end of the week. This work will require temporary shut downs of the water. Notification will be provided to affected residents in advance.

The City of North Muskegon will be reconstructing Bear Lake Road from Ruddiman Drive to Pennsylvania Avenue. This project will include replacement of the full roadway and miscellaneous water and storm sewer repairs. The project will further involve replacing all water services from the water main to the meter in the house.

This week, McCormick Sand will be moving equipment in, setting up traffic control and beginning the water service replacement work.

In order to complete this project in a timely matter, we will need your help and cooperation. Below is information regarding several topics that may be of concern.


Construction Schedule

The project is scheduled to begin the week of August 31, 2020. Work will generally be conducted between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM from Monday through Friday, with possible work on Saturdays. The work will be completed by McCormick Sand of Twin Lakes, MI. For the safety of all residents and construction crews, we ask that residents stay out of the construction area during and after work hours and to be aware of construction equipment in the area.



The affected roads will be closed but will stay accessible to residents in the immediate construction area throughout the project, except for short periods of time when work is being completed in the intersections. Individual driveway access will be interrupted during periods of time for a few hours, but in all cases will be restored by the end of the workday.


Driveways and Restoration

Driveways that are disrupted during construction will be replaced at the same location, and equal in size and type to the existing drive.  Temporary driveway material will also be placed and maintained to provide access to residences during construction. Disturbed grass areas will be restored with topsoil, seed, fertilizer, and mulch.

If you have underground sprinklers installed along the road, please mark the heads and approximate locations of the pipe and if possible, remove the heads. The Contractor will attempt to avoid damaging irrigation systems however if they are damaged, they will repair them.



The Contractor will make the necessary arrangements with the postal service to assure uninterrupted mail delivery. You will be notified if your mailbox is relocated.


Garbage Pick-up

The Contractor will make the necessary arrangements with the appropriate waste management companies to assure uninterrupted garbage pickup. Please write your name and address on your garbage bin in a visible location to assist in returning your bin to the proper house.


Water Services

All of the water services within the project area will be replaced up to the meter. The City may be contacting you shortly regarding upcoming water service replacements. If you have not received information regarding water service replacement, please contact the City. Please read carefully the literature provided by the City for flushing your water pipes following construction.