City of Norton Shores – Broadway Avenue Reconstruction

PHASE II

Friday, September 20, 2019

This week, the Contractor completed all of the drainage pipe and structures, finishing all of the underground utility work. They continued to spread road gravel base material and prepped for the concrete curb and gutter which is getting installed today on the south side of the road.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 23, 2019

  • The contractor plans to work a full day tomorrow, Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • More pavement removals at the intersections will be done as well as near Getty.  The lane in Getty should be opened next week as well.
  • They hope to complete all of the concrete curb and gutter on the south side of the road tomorrow, Saturday.
  • Driveway access will not be available for 3 days to allow for the concrete to cure.  Parking is allowed on the street outside of construction hours.
  • More concrete work will proceed through next week with the north side curb and gutter, sidewalk and driveway approaches.
  • The road gravel will be graded and prepped for asphalt
  • The goal at this time is to pave the first course of asphalt next Friday, September 27, 2019
  • The week of September 30 will be lawn restoration, raising manhole and valve structures in the road, asphalt driveway restoration and hopefully final paving at the end of the week!

The Contractor is still trying to maintain a lane of traffic through the construction zone for access to homes and businesses.  However, this lane will not likely continuous through the entire construction site as the road is currently being re-built.  Access will be maintained, but you may need to go around the block to get to your home or business.  Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

Concrete curb installed near Austin and Broadway

The first curb installed near Continental and Broadway.

Concrete curb installed near Austin and Broadway.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

This week, the Contractor fought a lot of rainy weather but was able to cut the road grade down and place gravel road base from Continental to Bailey on the south side of the road. The curb and gutter that was proposed this week was delayed due to weather. The contractor completed the drainage system on the south side of the road as well. The remaining asphalt on the north side of the road has been removed as has the north curb and gutter and most of the sidewalk.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 16, 2019

  • No work is planned for Saturday, September 14, 2019.
  • Storm drainage pipe will be extended for new structures on the north side of the road
  • Grading for the new sidewalk on the south side of the road will take place
  • Cutting the grade on the north side may begin as well
  • The curb and gutter for the south side is now tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 18. When this happens, you will not have access to your driveway until Saturday, September 21 to allow the concrete to cure. You will be able to park in the street on the gravel in front of your home.

Gravel road base was installed on the south side of Broadway.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

This week, the Contractor installed drainage pipe and structures except near Huizenga Street. The old water main has been removed from the ground. The road is being cut on the south side and getting ready for base gravel to be installed next week.  Gravel road base material began being delivered to the site and it began to be placed near Getty and Continental.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 9, 2019

  • No work is planned for Saturday, September 7, 2019.
  • The remainder of the storm drainage pipe and structures will be installed at Huizenga.
  • The remaining asphalt will likely be removed along with the north sidewalk, curb and driveways beginning Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
  • Road gravel will continue to be delivered to the site for placement in the south lane and the new concrete curb and gutter on the south side is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 12.  When this happens, you will not have access to your driveway until Monday, September 16 to allow the concrete to cure over the weekend.  You will be able to park in the street on the gravel in front of your home.
  • Sidewalks and driveway approaches will begin to be prepped on the south side with some possibly poured the following Monday, September 16.

The Contractor is still trying to maintain a lane of traffic through the construction zone for access to homes and businesses. However, this lane will not likely continuous through the entire construction site as the road is currently being re-built. Access will be maintained, but you may need to go around the block to get to your home or business. Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

Old water main pipes that were removed from the ground.

A drainage structure being installed

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Today, the Contractor completed all of the water main work on the project. The old water main is out of service now and the new water main is fully functional and tied in to all the side streets. All homes and businesses on Broadway are tied into the new water main. Removal of the old water main will begin to take place, but the remainder of today will be site clean up for the Labor Day Holiday Weekend.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 2:

  • No work is planned for Saturday–Monday. Work will resume the morning of Tuesday, September 3.
  • The old water main will be removed from the ground.
  • Storm drainage pipe and structures will be installed.  The goal is to complete all of this installation by the end of the week.  This will involve cutting sections of the lane remaining to install storm drainage structures on the north side of the road.
  • Road gravel may begin to be delivered to the site for placement in the south lane and preparations may begin for the new curb and gutter on the south side. However, with the amount of storm sewer pipe that needs to be installed and next week being a short week due to the Holiday, this will likely begin the week of September 12.
  • Road construction with new curbs, driveway approaches and sidewalk will be done in the mid to late September with paving and restoration at the end of September.

One lane remains on the north side for accessing homes and businesses on Broadway within the construction zone. Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman. This lane will be closed several times during the work day next week for the storm installations. Please plan accordingly.

Storm drainage pipes ready to be installed next week.

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Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 3:00PM

We just learned from the field that the power is out along Broadway Avenue in Norton Shores all through our construction zone.  According to our field representatives, this was NOT caused by the construction.

I did see from the Consumers Energy Outage Map online that the cause was labeled as ‘Trees’ and at least 1,618 customers are affected.

Estimated restoration time is within the next few hours according to Consumers Energy.  They have a crew onsite already working on restoring the power and may be restored much sooner.

Please report any down power lines immediately and please be safe.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

This week, the contractor began connecting the new water main to the City’s existing water distribution system after all tests passed early in the week. Connections were made at Bailey, Getty, Continental, Austin, Valley and Madison. Water services on the south side of Broadway have been installed and/or replaced along with many water services between Madison and Austin on the north side.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 26, 2019

  • No work is planned for Saturday, August 24, 2019, but Saturday work may be an option to maintain the schedule in the future.
  • Any water service not replaced or installed yet will be completed. These should be done by Wednesday.
  • More system connections will be made at Huizenga, Brunswick and Vulcan for the new water main. These are tentatively scheduled to be done on or before next Thursday.
  • Work will likely be done early next Friday, August 30 heading into Labor Day weekend with site cleanup.
  • Looking ahead, if the water system work is not completed next week, it will be completed the week of Labor Day. Also that week, the old water main will be removed and the remaining drainage system will be installed and the remainder of the road may begin to be removed for the new road to begin to take shape.
  • Road construction with new curbs, driveway approaches and sidewalk will be done in the middle of September with paving and restoration at the end of September.

Please note that if/when there is an interruption to your water service (customers will be notified prior to planned outages), you may experience discolored water. Please run the cold water in your tub until the water is clear. If the water appears cloudy, it is typically due to tiny air bubbles that are trapped in the water. Just leave the water in a glass and it will clear up (the air will dissipate).

One lane remains on the north side for accessing homes and businesses on Broadway within the construction zone. Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

New water main tie-in at Bailey

Photo of a water main tie-in

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Friday, August 16, 2019

This week, the contractor adjusted a few drainage structures and disinfected the new water main.  They are currently awaiting the results of the tests associated with the disinfection of the main.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 19, 2019

  • No work is planned for Saturday, August 17, 2019, but Saturday work may be an option to maintain the schedule in the future.
  • The new water main will be connected to the existing City system at Continental and at Bailey on Monday pending passing tests of the disinfection of the water main.  Customers on Continental south of Broadway may lose water service for a few hours, but will be notified prior.
  • Individual building water services will be switched over to the new water main
  • Other connections to the new water main will take place at Austin, Valley, Madison, Huizenga and Brunswick.  Customers on these side streets and in the neighborhoods will be notified ahead of time, but they will lose water service for a few hours.  This is tentatively planned for August 21.
  • Portions of the old water main may begin to be removed after everything is transferred over to the new water main in Broadway.
  • Once all water main and water service work is complete, the final pieces of the drainage system can be installed and the remainder of the road will be removed.  This may happen before Labor Day weekend with preparations of the road reconstruction right after Labor Day.  It will take a few weeks to get the gravel in place, the concrete curb and gutter poured and driveways and sidewalks done before asphalt can be placed, but we should still be on schedule with the road getting fully open to traffic on or about October 4, 2019.

Please note that if/when there is an interruption to your water service (customers will be notified prior to planned outages), you may experience discolored water.  Please run the cold water in your tub until the water is clear.  If the water appears cloudy, it is typically due to tiny air bubbles that are trapped in the water.  Just leave the water in a glass and it will clear up (the air will dissipate).

One paved lane remains for accessing homes and businesses on Broadway within the construction zone.  Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

This week, the contractor passed the pressure (leak) test of the water main. Disinfection of the water main has been postponed until next week due to a breakdown in a pump that’s needed. New drainage structures were installed at Austin and Madison and other locations. The contractor also began cutting the roadway down to sand grade in preparation of the road base gravel to be installed.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 12, 2019:

  • No work is planned for Saturday, August 10, 2019, but Saturday work may be an option to maintain the schedule in the future.
  • The new water main will be disinfected to ensure it is safe before connecting it to the City’s water system
  • Water connections to the existing system will begin to take place with safe passage of all tests.  Water Main connections may involve brief interruptions to your water service.
  • More work may take place on the drainage structures and storm sewer once the water tie ins and water services are completed.

Please note that if/when there is an interruption to your water service (customers will be notified prior to planned outages), you may experience discolored water. Please run the cold water in your tub until the water is clear. If the water appears cloudy, it is typically due to tiny air bubbles that are trapped in the water. Just leave the water in a glass and it will clear up (the air will dissipate).

New drainage structures being installed

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Friday, August 2, 2019

This week, the contractor completed all of the water main installation and new hydrant branches with the exception of side street tie-ins and water services.  Today, they filled the new water main with water and got the air out of it.  Drainage pipe was delivered to the site.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 5, 2019

  • No work is planned for Saturday, August 3, 2019, but Saturday work may be an option to maintain the schedule in the future.
  • The new water main will be pressure (leak) tested and then disinfected to ensure it is safe before connecting it to the City’s water system
  • Water connections to the existing system will begin to take place with safe passage of all tests.  Water Main connections may involve brief interruptions to your water service.
  • Drainage structures and pipe will begin to be installed in the new curb location on the south side.

Please note that if/when there is an interruption to your water service (customers will be notified prior to planned outages), you may experience discolored water.  Please run the cold water in your tub until the water is clear.  If the water appears cloudy, it is typically due to tiny air bubbles that are trapped in the water.  Just leave the water in a glass and it will clear up (the air will dissipate).

One paved lane remains for accessing homes and businesses on Broadway within the construction zone.  Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

This week, the contractor completed water main installation from Madison to Vulcan Street along with new hydrants (not yet in service) at Austin, Valley, and Madison.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 29, 2019

  • No work is planned for Saturday, July 27, 2019, but Saturday work may be an option to maintain the schedule in the future.
  • No work is planned for Monday, July 29, 2019.
  • The remaining asphalt and gravel on the south side of the road will be removed between Vulcan and Bailey
  • The water main pipe installation work should wrap up next week
  • The new water main will be pressure (leak) tested and then disinfected to ensure it is safe before connecting it to the City’s water system
  • Water main connections will likely take place the week of August 5 with brief interruptions to water service when new services are connected to the new water main

Remember that all work is weather dependent.

One paved lane remains for accessing homes and businesses on Broadway within the construction zone.  Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

Water main trench being compacted after backfilling

A new hydrant near Valley Street

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Friday, July 19, 2019

This week, the contractor completed the removal of the sidewalk and curb on the south side of the road.  Pipe materials were delivered to the site and the water main began to be installed.  The new 16-inch water main was installed from Getty up to Madison Street.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 22, 2019

  • No work is planned for Saturday, July 20, 2019, but Saturday work may be an option to maintain the schedule in the future.
  • Hydrant branches will be installed off the new water main between Getty and Madison Streets
  • The new water main will be filled and tested while the other half of the water main will be installed between Madison and Bailey
  • Water main tie-ins may happen the week of July 29 which will involve some temporary water disruptions.  Further information and notice will be given next week as we know more on the progression of the schedule.
  • More materials will be delivered to the site

Remember that all work is weather dependent.

One paved lane remains for accessing homes and businesses on Broadway within the construction zone.  Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

One paved lane remains for accessing homes and businesses on Broadway within the construction zone. Please remember to access homes south of Broadway from Summit and homes north of Broadway from Sherman.

Water main pipe ready to be installed.

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Friday,July 12, 2019

As you can see, we have begun the next phase of improvements to the Broadway Avenue corridor between Getty and Bailey. This week, the Contractor set up the traffic control devices, the detour and began removing most of the pavement, the southern curb and gutter, sidewalk and sidewalk ramps. The northernmost lane was left in place similar to last year to allow traffic to access homes and businesses on Broadway. If you live north or south of Broadway, please DO NOT CROSS Broadway if you can help it. Please access homes south of Broadway from Summit and north of Broadway from Sherman. This will be safer for everyone involved. Please respect the construction signs and the road closed signage. The contractor set up ramps for the street crossings and for driveways and will maintain them through the project until the new pavement is installed.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 15, 2019

  • More road base (gravel) will be removed
  • Water main pipe will be delivered to the site and installation of the new water main will begin. The water main will take several weeks to install, but no disruptions to water service are anticipated until next month.
  • Drainage pipe and structures will be delivered to the site and new structures may begin to be installed.

Please let us know if you have any issues with mail delivery or garbage collection. Thank you for your patience as these changes occurred this week. Construction is expected to go until the end of September 2019 and the road is currently scheduled to be fully open to traffic on or around October 4, 2019 (weather permitting).

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

We are getting close to starting construction on the next phase of Broadway Avenue reconstruction. You likely remember last year’s project from Bailey to the US-31 overpass. This project will be very similar to that project with water main replacement, new drainage structures, new driveway replacement, select sidewalk replacement and of course the roadway reconstruction which will reduce the existing 4-lane road to a 3-lane road like we built last year. This project will start at Getty and go to Bailey where we left off last year.

Here is some important information for the upcoming project:

The contractor will be dropping off and setting up some of the traffic control signage and state flowers orange barrels the week of July 1, 2019. The detour route will be the same as last year: Getty north to Sherman, east to Black Creek, then south back to Broadway (reverse from Black Creek). However, the road will not be closed and removed until July 8, 2019.  This is when the traffic control (barricades) and detour will be put into place and the roadway will be removed. Construction is expected to go until the end of September 2019 and the road is currently scheduled to be fully open to traffic on or around October 4, 2019 (weather permitting).

Also, mailboxes will need to be removed temporarily during construction and relocated so they don’t get damaged.

What you can do now:

If you have any irrigation lines or heads near the sidewalk, please place a stake or flag near the heads so we can do our best to protect them during construction.  Some water services will be replaced all the way to the building.  If you know where your water meter is in the basement, be sure to keep the area clear around it for ease of access.

We’ll be sending out updates on a weekly basis after construction begins.

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PHASE I

Friday, October 12, 2018

This past week, the road was striped and all of the traffic control signs were removed. The Contractor worked on the punch list and there are a few small restoration items still remaining that we will keep working on. A lot of the seed washed away with last weekend’s rain, so we will keep an eye on what grows and re-seed if necessary. This is a great time of year to plant seed, but we will make sure to touch up areas that are thin with grass. Mother nature has done a lot of watering for us, but please remember to do your part and keep the new seed moist and watered. If the grass grows before any weeds get established, the grass can choke out the weeds fairly nicely.

This will be the final update for this year. We will be back next year with the next phase of work, which will be from Bailey to Getty. Thank you all again for your patience and please don’t hesitate to contact Dan Sorek  if you have any questions or issues related to this summer’s work.

 

Friday, October 5, 2018

We have reached the finish line! The final course of asphalt went down yesterday and was finished this morning. Due to the rain today, we couldn’t get the permanent pavement striping down, but temporary tape lines are going down as I type and the road will be open later today. Topsoil was placed this week and seeding went down today. Signs were installed this week and general cleanup of the site occurred. Mailboxes were re-installed. The Contractor was going to get with the mail carrier today to relocate some mail that remained in the temporary boxes to your mail box. Once that is done, the temporary mailboxes will be removed.

Thank you all for your patience!

We are having a meeting onsite to walk the job Monday afternoon, October 8, 2018. At that time, we will review a list of work that remains which we call our “punchlist”. Please let us know if you have any restoration or specific issues that need to be addressed. We do ask that you water the lawn areas so that grass gets established before the weeds set in. If the grass establishes itself, it will choke out the weeds that may grow.

Permanent pavement striping will go down next week or if the weather breaks, tomorrow.

We already know of some issues out in the field that are not yet complete, but please let us know sooner rather than later if something needs to be addressed.

There will be crews available next week to complete any issues that remain on the project, but the road will be open for the weekend.  Traffic control signs and barricades will be removed next week and also from the detour route.

Thank you again for your patience and cooperation during this important project. We will be back next Summer to complete the remainder of Broadway Avenue between Getty and Bailey.

 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Progress! As you can see, the first layer of asphalt went down this week! Driveways that were to be restored with asphalt were completed today which means all driveway work should be complete. The contractor also dug up some of the water main valve boxes and sewer manholes to get them adjusted to the final grade of asphalt. Grading of the yards has begun in preparation of topsoil. The Contractor could be working again tomorrow (Saturday) to finish some of the structure adjustments prior to final paving next week.  All driveways and side streets should be open. Do not move any of the orange barrels as they may be protecting a manhole or water valve. You may park overnight on Broadway outside of the contractor’s work hours (Roughly 7AM to 7PM).

Here is what to expect next week, the week of October 1, 2018:

  • Topsoil will be delivered and the construction site will be cleaned up. Spreading of topsoil will go on for a few days with restoration.
  • Mailboxes will be re-installed to their new final locations. If you want/need a new post, please purchase one and the contractor will install it. Just place it near your old mailbox if it is still out there. The temporary mailboxes will be removed next week.
  • Video inspection of the new storm sewer pipes and any cleaning will take place.
  • New, permanent signs will be installed.
  • Guardrail will be re-installed near the bridge.
  • Final layer of asphalt paving is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2018.
  • Seeding of the restoration areas with seed
  • Pavement markings
  • Broadway will be REOPEN TO TRAFFIC on Friday, October 5, 2018.

 

 

 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Another busy and productive week on Broadway Avenue. As of early this afternoon, all of the concrete work is complete. Also, all of the underground utility work is complete as the water main was tied in this afternoon at Stratford under Broadway. All of the driveways with the exception of a few on old Broadway are good to drive on now. Gravel road base has been placed and is nearly fully graded to where it needs to be before paving. Please pay close attention to the side street closures as not all of them are open and some have large drop offs. Please do not move barrels if the roadway is closed. The Contractor is planning to continue working tomorrow (Saturday) getting things ready for paving next week. You may park overnight on Broadway outside of the contractor’s work hours (Roughly 7AM to 7PM).

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 24, 2018:

  • The cul-de-sac at Stratford will be graded and prepared for paving.
  • Old Broadway alignment will be graded and prepared for paving.
  • Additional gravel will be delivered and the intersections will be prepared for paving.
  • Gravel will be placed on those driveways that will be getting asphalt and they will be prepared for paving.
  • Asphalt paving of the first layer is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
  • After the first course of asphalt is laid, the contractor will dig up the valve boxes and manhole castings and get them raised for the last layer of asphalt.
  • Restoration efforts will also begin with some topsoil and grading of areas behind the curb. Some of the grading work began today.

 

Friday, September 14, 2018

This was a busy and productive week. The Contractor and their subcontractors installed the casing pipe and water main under the Broadway Approach to US 31 for the reconnection of the Stratford water main. The pipe was leak tested and passed. Samples will now be taken to ensure the pipe is clean before it gets connected to the system later next week. Nearly all of the concrete sidewalk and curbs were installed this week and driveway approaches on the north side of the road were replaced. Access to the side streets has been limited and will remain limited for the next week or so. Please be aware of the road closures as there are likely some large drop offs at the edge of the pavement. Access to driveways are NOT open for now. The north side driveways will be fully cured for driving by Monday morning, so please keep vehicles off of them for now. You may walk on the concrete that has been poured. You may park overnight on Broadway outside of the contractor’s work hours (Roughly 7AM to 7PM).

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 17, 2018:

  • Driveways on the north side of Broadway will be reopened on Monday morning.
  • Driveways on the south side of Broadway will be poured, probably Tuesday. Once again, these driveways can not have vehicles on them for 3 full days, to it will be Friday evening before they are reopened if they are poured Tuesday.
  • The remaining gaps in the sidewalk for the crosswalks and ramps and the new sidewalk on the south side of Broadway going up the hill to the US 31 overpass will be poured.
  • The water main could likely be tied in for Stratford under the old Broadway alignment which will be the last remaining piece of underground work.
  • The Contractor will be grading the gravel and getting it prepared for asphalt. We do not have a date yet for the first course of asphalt, but we will let you know as soon as we know.

Once all the concrete work is done next week, that will give us approximately 2 weeks to finish the asphalt paving (2 courses), manhole adjustments, lawn restoration, signing and pavement markings before the deadlines.

 

Friday, August 31, 2018

This week, the Contractor began working on rebuilding the road base and they completed the remaining storm sewer work. Mailboxes were removed from the north side of the street and the remainder of curb, sidewalk, and driveway approaches were removed. Work was a bit delayed this week due to the rain events we received earlier in the week. Access remains open to all driveways and side streets.

We are over the halfway point in construction and we still appear to be on track schedule-wise with our first estimates for the timeline.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of September 3:

  • There will be no crews working tomorrow (Saturday) or on Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day Holiday.
  • The road crew will continue to cut material down to make room for the gravel road bed.  The gravel will be shaped for the new roadway.
  • The roadway will certainly begin taking its new shape.
  • The bore and jack of the water main to Stratford under the hill at the east end of the job may begin next week.
  • Preparation will begin for installation of curbs later in the week or the following week.

Monday, August 27, 2018

We just heard from the Contractor that they are planning to move the mailboxes on the north side of Broadway to a bank of mailboxes at the Northwest corner of Valk and Broadway. The Post Office will be notified. This move is planned for today or tomorrow at the latest.

Please let us know if you have any issues with receiving your mail or packages. One recommendation is to use the Postal Service’s Informed Delivery App for the phone or you can use it on a computer. After signing up and registering your address on www.USPS.com, you can see what mail is expected in your mailbox on a daily basis.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this project.

 

Friday, August 24, 2018

This week, the Contractor finished all of the underground work within the Broadway Avenue roadway. There is still a little bit of drainage work to be done on the old Broadway alignment and a water main boring under the hill going up to US-31 to Stratford. However, the roadway can now start to be put back together. More sidewalk was removed. Staking was done for the proposed curb and the proposed roadway. Access remains open to all driveways and side streets.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 27, 2018:

  • The road crew will begin on Monday cutting down to what we call ‘sand grade’. This is where all soils will be removed for the placement of the gravel road bed so there is the proper depth of gravel.
  • The bore and jack of the water main to Stratford under the hill at the east end of the job will likely begin later next week.
  • The last bit of drainage on the old Broadway alignment will likely get done.
  • Some driveway approaches remaining to be removed may get removed for the new curb placement.
  • Gravel will likely begin getting delivered to the site later in the week.
  • The new roadway will begin to take shape with the preparation of curb installation after Labor Day Weekend

 

Friday, August 17, 2018

This week, the Contractor finished connecting all of the water services to the new water main. One more service will be installed to the old school building tomorrow (Saturday) and all water mains to all side streets have been connected. The old water main is not officially out of service. Storm sewer work was done in the Roberts intersection. Nearly all of the sidewalk and curb and gutter on the north side has been removed. The site will be cleaned tomorrow before leaving for the day. Access remains open to all driveways and side streets.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 20, 2018:

  • More sidewalk and curb removals on the north side of the street, particularly west of Roberts.
  • More storm sewer work will be completed and this work will likely occupy the crews most of the week.
  • If storm sewer work moves along well, the Contractor may begin removing the old road bed and begin grading so that the new gravel road base (which will be under the new asphalt) can be installed. We will be moving towards getting the new road bed installed, possibly before Labor Day. After that, it will be curb and gutter, new driveway approaches and new sidewalk.
  • New asphalt will be in late September.

All work is weather dependent.

With all of the new water main work complete, please let us know if you or your neighbors may be experiencing any discolored water.  There may still be some air in the lines from all of the shut downs and new connections. Also, with the larger water mains in Broadway and new copper water services, there is a chance that the water distribution system is seeing some better flows and the general flow direction has been changed a few times. If you do experience rusty looking water, it is clean and safe to drink, but it is not recommended to do laundry in as it may stain delicate clothing or white clothing. Older homes may have steel pipes that may have some internal corrosion breaking free with the new copper water lines. Be sure to flush your water lines. The best place to flush is a bath tub that doesn’t have an aerator. Be sure to flush your Cold water for best results. Lastly, check all your plumbing. The most common weak point in a residential home is the smaller water lines that go to ice makers or fridges.

 

Monday, August 13, 2018

I realize this is not our standard update date, but we had a progress meeting onsite today and I wanted to be sure you were aware of some updates this week.

The Contractor will be tying in the side street water mains this week. This work will begin tomorrow, Tuesday with tie-ins on Montana and on Worden to the north. This means that residents on Montana and on Worden will have their water service disrupted while the water mains are connected. This work is tentatively planned between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM. On Wednesday, the Contractor will move west, likely tying in McDermott and Valk to the south. Thursday will continue west to Bailey, Roberts and Broadway on the west end of the project. Friday should finish the tie-ins with work at tying in the east end of the job near US-31. This work is tentative and weather related from Wednesday through Friday. Door hangers will be passed out by the City, so please look for them. We try to get the work done well within the window of time stated on the door hanger. Your individual time without water should not be more than 2-3 hours if all goes well with the connections and hopefully you are not impacted more than once. We are tying into water main pipes and valves that were built in the 1950’s so there may be some things that don’t go as planned and we unfortunately can not replace everything on every street at this time.

If all the water main work goes smoothly, some storm sewer work could happen later this week, but likely next week with this week focusing on finishing the water main in Broadway.

Please feel free to contact the people listed to the right if you have any questions.

Please see my update from last Friday about your aerators and purging the air from the water lines. Lastly, please share with neighbors and check in on those that might not get this information.

 

Friday, August 10, 2018

This week, the Contractor worked on connecting individual homes and businesses to the new water main. A second connection to the existing water system at Broadway and Worden to the south was completed today. The site has been picked up and the area watered down for dust control. Access remains open to all driveways and side streets.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 13, 2018:

  • A few more water services remain on the north side of the road. These will be finished on Monday.
  • The remaining side street water mains will be tied to the new water main. This will involve shut downs for each of the side streets. Your water may be shut off of a few hours. Look for door tags or door hangers to know if your water is impacted or not. If it is, you may notice some air in your water lines. It is best to flush your water for about 30 seconds after the water has been shut off to get the air out of the lines. Flush all spigots and toilets a few times each. If the water coming out of the tap appears to be milky our cloudy, this is due to tiny air bubbles in the water. You’ll notice that if you set the water down in a glass on a counter and wait, it will clear up after about 5 minutes.
  • It is also a good idea to remove your aerator that is on your faucet. Rinse and remove any debris that may have shaken loose from internal plumbing that sometimes gets caught on these aerators.
  • The work on the water connections will likely take all week to complete. Once they are complete, work will resume on installing new storm sewer pipes and structures for the new roadway.
  • Once all the underground work is complete, the road will begin to take shape. We are looking at a couple more weeks of underground work before the new road will be cut in, but it will begin taking shape by Labor Day.
  • A progress meeting will be held with the Contractor next Monday, 8/13/2018. Any breaking news will be reported to everyone after the meeting.

 

Friday, August 3, 2018

This week, the new water main pipe passed all its tests and it was connected to the existing distribution system at Broadway and Valk to the north. New water services were installed for homes and businesses on the south side of Broadway and they were tied over to the new water main. Some new storm sewer pipe and structures were installed starting at the east end near US-31 and the contractor worked their way through the project to the west. Assess remains open to all driveways and side streets. The area was watered down for dust control.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of August 6, 2018:

  • There is one more water service to be installed on the south side of Broadway. Then water services will be installed for all the homes and businesses on the north side of Broadway to be connected to the new main.
  • Once all the water services are done, the Contractor will begin tying the side street water mains to the new main. This will involve longer duration shut downs of about 4 hours each. Customers will be notified ahead of time.
  • More storm sewer work is planned.
  • Once all the underground work is complete, the road will begin to take shape. We are looking at a couple more weeks of underground work before the new road will be cut in.

 

Friday, July 27, 2018

This past week, the contractor finished installing all of the water main pipelines and it was pressure tested for leaks. It passed the test. It was also disinfected and samples were taken today and they will be taken again tomorrow. The bacteriological tests will come back over the weekend. Once the tests say that the water in the new pipe is clean and safe, the contractor will perform a shut down on a portion of the existing system of water main to tie in the new water main. The contractor replaced the storm sewer at Broadway and Valk to the south. Access remains open to all driveways and side streets. Please continue to use the side streets to access Broadway.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 30, 2018:

  • Water main is tentatively scheduled to be tied in at Valk Street north of Broadway on Monday, July 30 in the morning. The water main will be turned off at Sherman, but there are few if any service connections on Valk between Sherman and Broadway.  Any customers affected will be notified prior to having the water shut off. Most homes there are still on a well. Once Valk is tied in, both water mains (new and old) will be live and pressurized in Broadway.
  • The Contractor will then begin switching over individual water services with new water service pipes. During these, the water would be shut off to the home or business for about 30 minutes to an hour to complete the changeover.
  • More storm sewer branches will be installed at intersections
  • Additional street tie-ins may occur with the water main on Broadway. Any affected customers for these tie-ins will be notified via door hangar or a visit the day prior.

 

Friday, July 20, 2018

This past week, the main line water main was completed on Monday and the branches to the south were installed on each of the four southern side streets. Hydrant branches and hydrants were installed. The northern half of the roadway was milled off, but access to driveways and side streets have been left open and accessible.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 23, 2018:

  • Water main branches will be installed for the northern 4 streets
  • Remaining hydrants will be installed.
  • If all water main pipe is installed, the new pipe will be filled and pressure tested.
  • The new water main pipe will also be disinfected and then samples taken to ensure the new pipe is clean and sanitary before connecting it to the existing water system. These connections to the existing system will involve water disruptions, but we do not anticipate this until the week of July 30. If things move along faster than anticipated, we will send out more notices for any disruptions a day in advance as well as provide door hangers or knock on doors for notifications.
  • Once one side of the water main is connected, individual water services will be replaced. Again, advance notice will take place and we don’t anticipate this work until the week of July 30. Water service would be disrupted for about 30 minutes for each home or business while the water service is replaced.
  • Storm sewer structures and pipe may begin to be installed near the end of the week and will this work may carry over into the week of July 30.

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

The 16-inch diameter water main installation continued this week and was nearly completed to the east end of the project. Only one more section of pipe needs to be installed. Pipe was installed from the Valk intersection to the south to the old Broadway right of way beyond Address #1520. The remaining road surface of Broadway was swept and cleaned today. Driveways and intersections remain accessible.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 16, 2018:

  • Main line water main installation will likely be completed on Monday at the east end of the project.
  • Crews will then go and install new water main from Broadway to roughly 50’-60’ south of the water main on each street.
  • The remaining pavement will be removed next Tuesday, July 17, ground up and left in place for a driving surface.
  • Once crews are done with each southern water main leg, they will focus on each northern street, again installing about 50-60’ of water main at each street.
  • Hydrant branches and hydrants may be installed.
  • Once all the water main is installed, it will need to be pressure tested and then samples taken of the water inside it to make sure it is safe to connect it to the existing drinking water system. This testing work takes several days and will likely take place the week of July 23.
  • North side mailboxes will likely be removed and relocated to a central location. We are working that out with the US Post office and will let you know next week when and where they will be relocated to.
  • Some storm sewer work may begin next week as well near the west end of the project.

 

Friday, July 6, 2018

The 16-inch diameter water main installation work began this week.  Pipe was installed from Bailey at the west end of the job to just shy of the Valk intersection to the south.  Driveways and intersections remain accessible.  Water main pipe is laid out for installation next week.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 9, 2018:

  • Water main installation will continue from Valk east to the end of the Old Broadway alignment.  Some driveways may become temporarily blocked as work proceeds in front of them.  This should be only a matter of hours and crews will try to watch for cars in the driveways and ask folks first before they block the driveways while the water main is installed across the driveway in the roadway.
  • The Contractor hopes to have all the water main pipe installed by the end of the week.
  • Hydrant installations may begin after the water main is completed.
  • Once all the water main is installed, it will need to be pressure tested and then samples taken of the water inside it to make sure it is safe to connect it to the existing drinking water system.  This testing work takes several days and will likely take place the week of July 16.

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

It was a slow construction week on Broadway this week. More sidewalk was removed on the south side of Broadway. All excess asphalt and concrete was removed from the site and water main pipe materials began being delivered to the site. Another job trailer was delivered to the site as well. Local access to residents and businesses remain open from the side streets.

Here is what to expect next week, the week of July 2, 2018:

  • Water main installation will begin Monday, July 2, 2018. This will start near Bailey and work east. After the first block, some driveways may become temporarily blocked as work proceeds in front of them. This should be only a matter of hours and crews will try to watch for cars in the driveways and ask folks first before they block the driveways while the water main is installed across the driveway in the roadway.
  • More pipe materials will be delivered to the site and spread out ahead of the installation over the next few weeks.
  • No work will take place late in the afternoon of July 3, or at all on July 4.

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

P&N Engineer Dan Sorek has met and/or spoke with many of you along Broadway Avenue over the last few days, weeks, months.

Here is our first construction update for the reconstruction of Broadway Avenue this summer. Please feel free to forward this on to other people who may not have received this and please let me know their email address so that I can keep them informed with future updates.

The work will begin on Monday, June 18, 2018. Temporary traffic control barricades and signs began showing up to the job site today and the detour signs are being installed.

Here is what to expect next week:

  • On Monday, Broadway Avenue will be COMPLETELY CLOSED to traffic at Bailey and at US-31. However, Broadway Avenue will still be accessible from the side streets (Bailey, Roberts, Valk, McDermott, Worden, Montana, etc.) for the duration of the construction project. At times, these may be closed, but we will keep access open to other streets and we will provide updates as these become known during construction.
  • Deliveries of construction equipment and water main materials will be delivered to the project site.
  • The pavement will begin to be removed on or around Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
  • Portions of the southern sidewalk will also be removed starting Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
  • The northern lane will not likely be removed and left in place for maintaining local traffic to and from homes and businesses
  • Access to driveways will be maintained.

 

 

Important Information

Contractor: Brenner Excavating of Hopkins, MI

Contact (onsite daily): Jay Arndt
616–291–0664 (cell)

Contact (emergency): Matt Warners
616–366–7415 (cell)

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Prein&Newhof will have personnel in the field on behalf of the City.

Onsite Contact: Brian Folkema
231–349–1398

Project Manager: Dan Sorek
616–218–2940
dsorek@preinnewhof.com

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All work is weather dependent.

Please let us know if you have any issues with mail delivery or garbage collection.  Thank you for your patience as these changes occurred this week. Construction is expected to go until the end of September 2019 and the road is currently scheduled to be fully open to traffic on or around October 4, 2019 (weather permitting). A lot will depend on the next 2 weeks of productivity if we can hit that October 4 deadline. It may be the week of October 7 when the final course of asphalt is installed and the pavement markings and signs are installed.

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Please share this information with your neighbors who may not have email. Dan will try to send out a weekly email update on Fridays to keep you all informed of the progress and what to expect, as well as any special updates that may be necessary along the way. Those emails will also be posted here.