Important Information

House Street will be closed to thru traffic during water main construction. With the narrow roadway and the steep drop-off to the north, the work area is quite congested. It is difficult to keep the road “open” constantly for local traffic, and at times there might be a couple-minute wait while DeSal clears dirt piles. DeSal is working diligently to keep one lane open for local traffic to get through.

The water main will be installed along the north side of House Street. Due to steep side-slopes and since the road is not at a consistent location within the public road right-of-way, the water main location will be anywhere from right under the edge of pavement to almost 20 feet from the edge of pavement.

Some properties have substantial landscaping within the road right-of-way that may be affected by water main construction. Please check the survey stakes when they are installed and contact us with any questions. You may wish to move fencing, landscaping and/or plantings out of the right-of-way prior to water main construction.

There will be times that the area in front of your home is torn up and you will have limited access to your home. Please let us know if you have any special access needs and we will do our best to make arrangements with you.

Notify us if you have any problems with mail delivery and garbage collection.

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Prein&Newhof will have personnel in the field on behalf of Plainfield Charter Township.

Onsite Contact:
Jonathan Nelson, P.E.
(616) 916–8532

Project Manager:
Kevin Gritters, P.E.
Prein&Newhof
(616) 432–6701

Project Engineer:
Jeremy Kamp, P.E.
Prein&Newhof
(616) 610–4062

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Contractor Contact:
Craig Wasson
DeSal Excavating
(616) 772–6990

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Township Officials:

Cameron VanWyngarden
Superintendent
(616) 364–8466

Rick Solle, P.E.
Director of Public Services
(616) 363–9660

Plainfield Township – Water System Extension: House Street

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DeSal Excavating installed water main along House Street from Pine Island Drive to the east. As of late this week, they are approximately 800 feet east of Pine Island.

 

What to Expect Next Week (May 25 – 30)

DeSal will continue installing water main along the north side of House Street. By the end of the week, the water main should be up to the southern curve in the road.

 

Projected Timeline

  • May – June
    • The water main installation to occur along House Street.
  • July
    • Water main installation complete; begin road reconstruction.
  • August
    • Road reconstruction
  • Note: Dates are subject to change.

 

 

Tree clearing was completed this week. We understand it is difficult to see trees cut down, especially given the circumstances. Please know that we kept tree clearing to the minimum amount necessary and will continue to do our best to minimize the impact of this construction project to House Street residents.

DeSal Excavating completed water main construction along Pine Island Drive this week. Today, May 15, they are installing the water main across Pine Island toward House Street. This crossing will be completed across half of the road at a time so that Pine Island does not have to be closed. Water main is installed across the southbound lanes first, with 2-way traffic maintained in the northbound lane. When the trench is back-filled and gravel installed up to the driving surface, the water main is installed across the northbound lanes, with 2-way traffic flipped to the southbound lane. Driving through this area will be slow today, but traffic will be maintained without a detour.

Re-paving of the Pine Island crossing area is scheduled for 11:00AM on Saturday, May 16.

 

What to Expect Next Week (May 18 – 23)

DeSal will begin water main installation along the north side of House Street, starting from Pine Island and working eastward.

 

Projected Timeline

  • May 18
    • Begin water main installation along House Street.
  • July
    • Water main installation complete; begin road reconstruction.
  • August 
    • Road reconstruction

  • *Timeline is subject to change.
 
DeSal Excavating completed the necessary paperwork for the contract and was given the Notice to Proceed. This past Monday, personnel were on site to mark trees that need to be cut down in preparation for water main construction. Tree clearing began this week. Construction staking and MISS DIG flagging also occurred this week. Water system materials were delivered to the job site.  

What to Expect Next Week (May 11 – 16)

  • Tree clearing should be completed.
  • Water main installation is scheduled to commence next Monday, May 11. Work will begin at the west end of the project along Pine Island Drive. Soon after the project begins, the water main will cross Pine Island Drive at House Street. Please watch the message boards along Pine Island, which will have the most accurate information about traffic restrictions and detours.

Projected Timeline

  • First half of May
    • Tree clearing and the beginning of water main construction
DeSal Excavating is still working through the necessary paperwork for the contract, including bonds, insurance, and construction material submittals. Once this is complete, they will be given the Notice to Proceed, and construction will commence. You may have seen that construction stakes were installed this week. One set of stakes shows the edge of the public road right-of-way. The second line of stakes shows the location of the new water main. DeSal will be using these stakes to determine which trees need to be cut down in preparation for water main construction. Several truckloads of water main pipe were delivered to the job site today, May 1. Please contact any project representative below if you have questions or concerns.  

What to Expect Next Week (May 4 – 9)

Representatives from Plainfield Township, Prein&Newhof and DeSal will be on site Monday morning to do a walk-through and mark trees that need to be cut down for water main installation. As stated previously, the intent is to preserve as many trees as possible; however, many trees – some large – will need to be removed. If you have questions about the trees that are marked for removal, please contact one of the Prein&Newhof project representatives.  

Project Timeline

  • First half of May
    • Begin tree clearing and water main construction
 
DeSal Excavating is in the process of preparing the necessary paperwork for the contract, including bonds, insurance, and construction material submittals. Once this is complete, they will be given the Notice to Proceed, and construction will commence. They anticipate starting construction in early May. Please contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns.  

What to Expect Next Week (April 27 – May 1)

You may see a survey crew on site as early as Monday, April 27. The survey crew will stake the edge of the public road right-of-way, as well as the location of the proposed water main. With this information, the contractor will go through and mark the trees that need to be cut down. Overall, the intent is to save as many trees as possible, but many trees – some large – will need to be removed. If you have questions about trees that will be cut down, please contact one of the Prein&Newhof project representatives.  
This past Monday, April 13, the Plainfield Charter Township Board of Trustees awarded the “Area 1A” House Street water main construction contract to DeSal Excavating, Inc. of Zeeland, Michigan. This contract is the third water main project undertaken by Plainfield Township to provide municipal water to residents affected by PFAS contamination. Construction will include installation of 16–inch water main across Pine Island Drive at House Street, then along the north side of House Street from Pine Island to just south of Brent Drive. This water main will connect to the “Area 1B” water main that will be installed by Dykema Excavators under US131. This project will be done in two phases, both of which will have House Street closed to through traffic but open to local traffic. The first phase will be the west half from Pine Island to about Imperial Pine. When the water main is completed in this area, the Kent County Road Commission’s contractor will take over and start reconstructing the road. As soon as the Road Commission begins road reconstruction on the west half, DeSal will continue laying water main in the second phase from Imperial Pine to just south of Brent Drive. Will this project be affected by Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home – Stay Safe” Executive Order? Overall, the answer is “no.” Plainfield Township has designated this a critical infrastructure project, and DeSal Excavating has indicated they plan to commence construction as soon as possible. While we all deal with the COVID–19 pandemic, we ask that residents, contractors, and project officials all respect social distancing guidelines and be courteous to and patient with each other. Construction in a developed area is always challenging, but it can go very smoothly if we all work together and communicate regularly. Project Safety Planning – If construction commences before the “Stay Home – Stay Safe” Executive Order expires, we anticipate additional challenges with more adults and children at home than is normal. You and your children may certainly watch the construction, but it is VERY important that you do so from a safe distance. PLEASE talk to your children about safety, and don’t expect the construction crews to watch your children during the workday.  

What to Expect This Month (April 15 – 30)

We don’t anticipate any construction for a few weeks yet. However, you may see survey crews doing preliminary construction staking, utility companies marking the location of underground lines, and/or the contractor and subcontractors making preparations for construction. For the duration of this construction project, we will provide regular updates that will inform you of what is happening presently and what you can expect to see coming up, including water main construction, traffic control, project safety, access to homes, etc.   Contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns. Please share this information with your neighbors who may not have email or access to the internet. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to a successful project!