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!