Monroe Street Reconstruction

City of Allegan

City of Allegan combines project with scheduled MDOT work to get funding, and updates sidewalks.

The City of Allegan planned to replace the water main along Monroe Street (M222) from Cedar Street to Water Street as part of a DWRF-funded project in 2011. During design in 2010, it was discovered that the new water main, which was to be constructed under the existing sidewalk, would have to be placed seven to eight feet deep to provide required clearance under existing sanitary sewer laterals. The sewer laterals were shallow because the sewer main, under the street, was only about five feet deep.

Prein&Newhof proposed to the City that they contact MDOT to see if they had any interest in a joint project to replace reconstruct the street as part of a larger project to replace the sanitary sewer to the proper depth and replace the water main at a normal five foot depth. MDOT had planned to resurface Monroe Street in 2012, and they agreed to fund a portion of the street reconstruction as part of the larger project. The City also received an MDOT grant for replacement of theĀ  sidewalk along the north side of the street with a wider eight foot sidewalk as part of the Safe Routes to School program (SRTS).

P&N designed the entire project, which consisted of 2,000 lft. of complete street reconstruction including storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water main, curb & gutter, sidewalks and restoration. P&N also provided construction observation, staking, testing and project administration.

This was a joint effort between the City and MDOT to completely reconstruct the street with all utilities at one time using a combination of federal, state and local funds. The unique aspect was MDOT allowing the City to provide the engineering services on a state trunkline.

The City received some loan forgiveness from DWRF by replacing old, leaking water mains with new, thereby conserving water and energy.

P&N helped the City obtain low interest loans and some loan forgiveness on the water main replacement. We also helped the City obtain SRTS grants for part of the sidewalk replacement. The entire project added reliability to the City water system, sewer system and storm sewer system by replacing old, leaking pipes with new.

The biggest challenge was completely reconstructing the street and all utilities on a very busy state highway in the middle of town while maintaining local and through traffic. This was accomplished with a combination of phased construction and limited detours of through traffic. We worked closely with residents and businesses to improve the aesthetics and access to their properties with new drive approaches and landscaping, and improved pedestrian safety with a new signalized crosswalk with a pedestrian refuge island near a park.


Project Manager Jason Washler, PE, (616) 364-8491

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