The State of Michigan is currently under the Governor’s Executive Order to Stay Home. An exemption to the order is essential services. The Union Pier Project has been designated an Essential Service and as such construction remains in process. For the safety of yourself and the construction crews, please stay away from the construction area.

Work was scheduled to begin April 13; however, due to concerns for their employees’ health and safety, Kalin Construction has delayed the construction start date to April 20.

As this issue is very dynamic and could change at any time, please check back frequently for project updates.


Project Overview

The GRSD Sewer Authority will be installing a new sanitary sewer along Red Arrow Highway between Union Pier Road and Berrien Street. The Sewer Authority will also be replacing existing sanitary sewer in Townline Avenue between Greenwood Avenue and Red Arrow Highway. The work is being completed in advance of the planned road and streetscape improvements scheduled to begin this summer.

The project will include significant excavation within Townline Avenue between Greenwood Avenue and Red Arrow Highway, and within the Union Pier Road and Red Arrow Highway intersection. The intersection of Union Pier Road and Red Arrow Highway will be closed starting April 20 and will remain closed until Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting. Temporary closures of Red Arrow Highway at Community Hall Road and Berrien Street will also be required.


This project also includes:


Here is a map of the project area.

In order to complete this project in a timely manner, we will need your help and cooperation. Your help with the items outlined below will help minimize the time of disturbance in your area, providing for a safer and earlier completion of the project. Thank you in advance for your efforts and patience!


Construction Schedule

The sewer project is separate from the road and streetscape project, which will begin after the sewer project commences and finish after the sewer project is completed. Construction of the sewer project is planned to begin April 20, 2020. Construction will fall into two primary phases. Following are tentative dates for the construction phases. Dates will be updated throughout the project as conditions permit.


Phase 1 (April 20 – June 25)


 Phase 2 (June 29 – September 21)



Once work begins, work will generally be conducted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, with possible work on Saturdays. The work will be completed by Kalin Construction Company, a local contracting firm. For the safety of all residents and construction crews, we ask that residents stay out of the construction area at all times and to be aware of construction equipment in the area.



Pedestrian access to local businesses will be maintained at all time. “BUSINESSES OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION” signs will be placed at the periphery of the construction area to notify traffic.



The Contractor will make the necessary arrangements with the postal service to assure mail delivery is not interrupted.


Garbage Pick-up

The Contractor will make the necessary arrangements with the appropriate waste management companies to assure garbage pickup is not interrupted.


Water Services

Businesses in New Buffalo Township adjacent to the sanitary sewer construction may have their water service interrupted temporarily while the Contractor installs a temporary water service. The Contractor will coordinate with each business owner prior to interrupting service.