Construction Updates

Important Information

The focus this week was on water services on Densmore Street. At this time all services are completed. Houses with meter pits will have their meter pits replaced in the Spring.


Work Completed This Week

  • Water services on Densmore were completed.


Anticipated Work Next Week on Densmore (All dates below are weather dependent)

  • Connection of the new water main to Wesley Street will occur on December 5. This will interrupt water service for residents on Wesley Street between Sheridan and Densmore.
  • Connection of the new water main to James Street will occur on December 6. This will interrupt water service for residents on James Street between Sheridan and Densmore and residents on Densmore from Wesley to James.
  • Connection of the new water main to Marquette will occur on December 7. No service interruption is expected for this work.
  • Restoration of roadway will start near the end of the week.

Dredging in Crooked Lake is complete. The Crooked Lake ramp is open for boat traffic. The contractor is working on final touch-ups at the ramp.


Upcoming Schedule:

  • Filter building masonry is expected to begin this week.
  • Equipment has been moved to Eagle Lake. Dredging in Eagle Lake may start next week.

Lift Station

The valve chamber at the lift station has been installed and assembling of piping in the valve chamber has begun.


Gravity Sewer Construction Near the Hampton Inn

Gravity sewer installation between the new lift station site and Hampton Inn has been completed. The driveway to Hampton Inn has been restored.

Gravity sewer installation across Ox Creek is planned for this week.


This week, the concrete crews were back out on Airway Street and Jericho Avenue to finish the access ramps.

The remainder of the work onsite this year will be site clean up. Al’s Excavating will be back first thing this spring to install the storm sewer and finish the connection to the White Pine Trail on Jericho. They also have some paving yet to do. If we get nice weather in December, they may return yet this year to finish the paving.

Despite the short week, the last remaining larger tasks were completed onsite. The pavers were out on Monday to finish all of the pavement sections, and concrete crews were back out to pour the final access ramps on McCords.

The trail was also seeded this week. Boardwalk crews continue to make progress and are still on track to be completed by Christmas.

The dredging crew plans to finish sand backfilling in Crooked Lake this week. Thank you for your patience as the Crooked Lake ramp will be unable to accommodate boat traffic during the transportation of sand for backfilling.


Upcoming Schedule:

  • Filter building masonry is upcoming.
  • Once the dredging crew is finished in Crooked Lake, they plan to start working in Eagle Lake – possibly late this week or next week.

The focus this week was on East Street with paving of the roadway. Work will shift to Densmore again for the next few weeks.


Work Completed This Week

  • Roadway grading and topsoil placement on East Street.
  • The leveling and surface course of asphalt road was placed.


Anticipated Work This Week

  • Aggregate shoulder will be placed on East Street.
  • Completion of topsoil placement on East Street.
  • Connection of the Densmore main to the existing system will occur on Tuesday 11/21. Water service installation will follow over the next couple of weeks.

Water Service Replacements

To connect new water main to existing water mains, temporary water shutdowns will be required. We will provide advance notice prior to shutdowns, and shutdowns will be as short as possible.

Existing water service lines (the connection to your home) within the project will be replaced. If the material of the water service has a lead gooseneck or galvanized steel, the entire water service will be replaced — from the water main in the street all the way to inside the home — at NO COST TO THE RESIDENT.

To allow this work, a permission form needs to be signed for each address getting their water service replaced.  Please see here for the form. Once completed, please email this form to or you may take a picture of the form and text it to Dan Sorek at (616) 218-2940.

We are seeking contact information for scheduling these water services in a very tight time frame. Failure to allow access inside the home to replace the water service into the home will jeopardize the ability for the City of Muskegon Heights to continue providing water service to the home or property.

Additional Information for Water Service Replacements:

From the State of Michigan: How This Construction Activity Could Affect the Quality of Your Drinking Water

After Your Water Service is Replaced: Water Service Flushing Recommendations

Customers adjacent to the construction area may have their water service interrupted temporarily while the Contractor replaces their service. The Contractor will coordinate with each customer prior to interrupting service.

What a busy week on 7th Street in Muskegon Heights!  The Contractors took advantage of the beautiful weather this week and pulled much of the project together to completion.


Work Completed this Past Week:

  • All of the concrete has been completed on sidewalks, crosswalk ramps, curb and gutter and driveway approaches
  • All of the manhole covers and valve covers were adjusted to the final level of asphalt
  • To final course of asphalt was placed yesterday – all paving is now complete
  • Topsoil has been spread and backfilled in nearly all of the areas between the sidewalk and curb and in lawn areas


Work Anticipated Week of November 20, 2023

  • Hydroseeding will be done on Monday, November 20, 2023
  • The final areas of topsoil next to the sidewalks most recently poured will be backfilled
  • Striping of Summit Avenue (weather permitting)
  • Final cleanup of the jobsite – removal of concrete chunks, stakes, flags, cones, barrels, old signs, etc
  • Removal of traffic control barricades, detour signage
  • Restoration of construction staging areas
  • Removal of equipment and excess materials
  • Remaining punchlist work
  • Removal of porta johns


Although there are barricades out there, the roads are open for traffic. Please travel safely until all equipment and materials are removed.  A large thank you to the residents and community for your patience as we made these very important improvements to the drinking water system in Muskegon Heights!  With the amount of leaves out there, there might be some areas covered that still need attention, so please be patient with us.  Let us know if there is anything we may have forgotten or need to fix.  Thank you again for your understanding this year and we look forward to next year’s construction season when improvements will continue on other streets in Muskegon Heights!

This week, crews spent their time finishing the last remaining tasks to complete the trail! Concrete access ramps were poured along with curb replacements and topsoil restoration, while Riverworks Construction continued construction on the remaining sections of boardwalk. The paving contractor and concrete contractor will be back onsite early next week to complete the final remaining sections of pathway.

As we prepare to open the pathway to traffic, please note that the boardwalks will be closed until they are completed. Riverworks plans to continue construction of the boardwalks in the coming weeks and expects to be finished around Christmas.

The remainder of the trail sections will be open to traffic by the end of next week!

This Week:

  • Dean’s Excavating install the sampling station near 12 Mile Road. A concrete pad will be poured around the sampling and flushing stations next week.
  • Dean’s will be back on site next April to begin work along 12 Mile Road.
  • Private side water service work has begun. Homeowners should reach out to the general contractor they selected and coordinate a time for the installation of the water service on their private property.


Please contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns.