This past Monday, March 23, the Plainfield Charter Township Board of Trustees awarded the Wellington Ridge water main construction contract to Bultsma Excavating out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
You might ask: Why is Plainfield Township coordinating the construction project when I live in Algoma Township? The answer is that Algoma Township does not have a municipal water system, and Plainfield Township is extending its water system further into Algoma Township to supply Algoma residents affected by PFAS contamination.
Will this project be affected by Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home – Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-21? Overall, the answer is “no.” Plainfield Township has designated this as a critical infrastructure project, so construction will continue as planned. But as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that residents, contractors, and officials all respect social distancing guidelines and be courteous to and patient with each other. Construction in a developed neighborhood 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 will have 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.
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.
What to Expect (March 30—mid-April)
- You will not see construction activity for at least a few weeks yet. You may see more activity than normal, though, including survey crews doing construction staking and utility companies marking the location of underground lines.
- Bultsma has indicated they are anxious to begin construction as soon as possible. We anticipate receiving Bultsma’s detailed construction schedule that we can share with residents in the next couple weeks.
- Behind the scenes, contract documents will be prepared and signed. Bultsma will provide material submittals for review and approval. We will hold a pre-construction meeting with Bultsma, Township officials, private utilities, and Wellington Ridge Association representatives.
Please share this information with your neighbors who may not have email or access to the internet.
Please contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to a successful project in your neighborhood!