City of Whitehall – Main Street Improvements

Friday, June 28, 2019

This will be our last project update because after today, the project is what we call Substantially COMPLETE!  There will be some minor corrections to the restoration and irrigation that still needs to take place, but with the final course of asphalt that went down yesterday and the pavement markings and signs today, we are largely done. The contractor is not planning to do any work tomorrow.

Our next phase is to prepare a “punch list”. We will be walking through the site for a final inspection next week to generate a list of any outstanding concerns. Please call me at 616-218-2940 or email me if you hear of or know of any concerns that need to be addressed so we can add it to the punch list.

Thank you all for your patience as we work to improve the buried and paved infrastructure in the City of Whitehall!

Photos taken this morning before the pavement markings and signs are installed.

Friday, June 21, 2019

This week, Consumers came and removed the power poles allowing the contractor to finalize the work in conflict with the poles. The contractor installed sidewalk and sidewalk ramps at the intersections. They also placed some additional retaining wall and completed placing the retaining wall caps. Finish grading and compacting the gravel road base was completed to the project limits. The contractor is paving the HMA leveling course this afternoon.

Here is the work we expect to see take place next week, the week of June 24, 2019:

  • Contractor does anticipate working tomorrow, Saturday, June 22.
  • Manhole castings will be raised along with prepping for curb and gutter at King St. and Johnson St.
  • The remainder of the retaining wall work will be completed.
  • Concrete driveways are planned to be poured on Monday, June 24 along with the remainder of curb and gutter.
  • HMA driveways are planned to be paved on Monday, June 24 for base level and Wednesday, June 26 for top level.
  • Restoration and general site cleanup will be taking place throughout the week as well.

View of Main St. looking east at the curb, sidewalk, and retaining wall

View of Main St. looking west at the curb, sidewalk, and retaining wall

Friday, June 14, 2019

This week, the contractor placed concrete curb and gutter between Lake Street and King Street. They also installed driveway approaches and completed the remainder of the retaining wall work. Finish grading and compacting of the gravel road base took place in preparation of paving. Restoration work behind the curb and walls took place

Here is the work we expect to see take place next week, the week of June 17, 2019:

  • Contractor does anticipate working tomorrow, Saturday, June 15.
  • A few more retaining wall sections need to be finished with caps and more work around the walls near 314 Main Street and their driveway approach will be done.
  • The remainder of concrete sidewalk will be completed Tuesday, June 18.
  • Additional restoration will take place behind the curb and walls.
  • Erosion control work will take place next week at the north end of Livingston to restore an area washed out by last fall’s heavy rains. This is planned for Thursday, June 20.
  • Communication (Frontier and Charter) companies still need to relocate their lines to the new poles before Consumers Energy can remove the old poles. The communication companies also have a few poles to relocate/replace of their own. This unfortunately has held up the completion of the final pieces of curb which ultimately holds up the paving operations.
  • Once the utility poles are moved, the final pieces of curb can be completed. Once that curb is poured and cured, the asphalt paving may begin.

A view of Main Street looking west showing the new curb and retaining walls in place

A view of the new retaining wall, sidewalk, and crosswalk ramp at the NE corner of Lake Street and Main Street.

Friday, June 7, 2019

This week, the contractor nearly finished all of the retaining wall on the job and the last of the concrete stairs has been poured. The old road bed between King and Lake Street is being removed and new road base gravel is being installed – this will continue tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, 2019.  Consumers completed the transfer of their power lines to the new utility poles that have been installed. Restoration and grading of areas behind the curb, walls, sidewalk, etc. began this week.

Here is the work we expect to see take place next week, the week of June 10, 2019:

  • The old road bed will be completely removed by the end of tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, 2019 and new road gravel will be installed
  • Caps and end pieces will be added to the retaining walls
  • Preparation for curb and gutter will take place on Monday
  • New curb and gutter from King to Lake Street is planned for Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • The remainder of the sidewalk from King to Lake Street will be completed
  • Concrete driveway approaches will be poured
  • The contractor will be shaping the gravel and fine tuning it for asphalt placement which MAY come as soon as the end of next week, or early the week of June 17.
  • Additional restoration and back-filling of areas disturbed will continue
  • Communication companies still need to relocate their lines to the new poles before Consumers Energy can remove the old poles.  The communication companies also have a few poles to relocate/replace of their own.  Hopefully this work can be done next week to maintain the Contractor’s schedule so paving operations can move forward.

If you or a neighbor will have trouble getting access to your home due to a disability, please let me know so we can arrange special access or assistance.  Please stay off of the concrete with vehicles for a minimum of three full days after installation to allow the concrete to cure to full strength.  This applies to vehicles.  You may walk on the concrete within a few hours of the installation.

The contractor is doing their best to maintain a drivable surface for local residents who live on Main, Johnson or King, but Main Street is closed to thru traffic.  Please also remember that the stop signs are still in place on Mears and on Lake Street even though Main Street is under construction.

The new retaining wall constructed on the north side of Main Street, looking east towards King Street

Friday, May 31, 2019

This week, the contractor replaced concrete stairs to several different homes and began work on the new block retaining wall.  All concrete curb and walk has been finished east of King Street except for areas where consumers energy and the communication companies are relocating their utility poles. The work on the pole re-locations began this week as well. There is work planned for tomorrow, Saturday, June 1, 2019 for more retaining wall construction.

Here is the work we expect to see take place next week, the week of June 3, 2019:

  • The remaining concrete steps will be replaced.
  • More concrete work will take place with the remainder of driveway approaches, sidewalk and sidewalk ramps.
  • The road base gravel will continue to be installed and shaped for paving
  • Restoration and back-filling of areas disturbed will continue
  • More work on the retaining walls will take place
  • Consumers Energy and other overhead utilities will continue to work on relocating their utility poles.

One of the new retaining walls

If you or a neighbor will have trouble getting access to your home due to a disability, please let me know so we can arrange special access or assistance. Please stay off of the concrete with vehicles for a minimum of three full days after installation to allow the concrete to cure to full strength.  This applies to vehicles.  You may walk on the concrete within a few hours of the installation.

The contractor is doing their best to maintain a drivable surface for local residents who live on Main, Johnson or King, but Main Street is closed to thru traffic. Please also remember that the stop signs are still in place on Mears and on Lake Street even though Main Street is under construction.

Friday, May 24, 2019

This week, the contractor installed concrete curb and gutter between King and Mears, and some sidewalk and intersection ramps were prepared. Unfortunately, they had to gap out some work until Consumers Energy can remove their old utility poles. More road gravel was installed and spread for the road base and it was graded for paving next month. Concrete stairs were poured for a few locations and work on the retaining wall began.

Here is the work we expect to see take place next week, the week of May 27, 2019:

  • No work is currently planned for tomorrow, Saturday, May 25, 2019, but Saturday work may occur in the future. There will be no work on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019.
  • The remaining concrete steps will be replaced.
  • More concrete work will take place with the remainder of driveway approaches, sidewalk, and sidewalk ramps.
  • The road base gravel will continue to be installed and shaped for paving next month
  • Restoration and back-filling of areas disturbed will begin
  • More work on the retaining walls will take place
  • Consumers Energy and other overhead utilities will continue to work on relocating their utility poles.

If you or a neighbor will have trouble getting access to your home due to a disability, please let me know so we can arrange special access or assistance. Please stay off of the concrete with vehicles for a minimum of three full days after installation to allow the concrete to cure to full strength. This applies to vehicles. You may walk on the concrete within a few hours of the installation.

The contractor is doing their best to maintain a drive-able surface for local residents who live on Main, Johnson or King, but Main Street is closed to thru traffic. Please also remember that the stop signs are still in place on Mears and on Lake Street even though Main Street is under construction.

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

This week, the contractor finished replacing the drainage structures and storm sewer at the intersections of King and Johnson on Main Street. The sanitary sewer main was inspected with a camera to ensure it is functioning properly. Water meter pits were replaced. The roadway replacement has also begun with what we call cutting to ‘sand grade’. Aggregate road base material has been brought in and is being spread for the new roadway. Layout of the new retaining walls and replacement of concrete steps has been accomplished for the installation.

The intersections of Mears and Lake Street will be swept at the end of the work day today for the bicycle race this weekend. Good luck racers!

Here is the work we expect to see take place next week, the week of May 20, 2019:

  • No work is currently planned for tomorrow, Saturday, May 18, 2019, but Saturday work may occur in the future.
  • Concrete steps will begin to be replaced. Some of this work will take place on Monday and throughout the week.
  • The concrete curb and gutter will be installed. This will start with string lines being placed and then the concrete.***
  • More road base gravel will be spread and graded in preparation of paving next month.
  • Work on the installation of the retaining walls may take place.
  • Consumers Energy and other overhead utilities will continue to work on relocating their utility poles. This work will likely take place after Memorial Day however.

***For the concrete curb and gutter, the contractor will do their best to ask everyone to remove their vehicles from their driveways. The string lines will likely be installed Monday for the new curb and gutter. The strings are guides for the proper placement of the curb location and height. When they go in, we will ask that you not drive through them and take care with walking over them. This is arguably one of the largest inconveniences of the project to you along with the replacement of the concrete driveway approaches. Concrete takes time to cure and it is likely that you will not be able to use your driveway next week after Monday, mid-day for most of next week. The concrete curb will take a full day to place and then it will take three full days to cure before it can withstand the weight of a vehicle. This will be extended again when the concrete driveways are poured. Please remove vehicles from your driveway Monday morning and parking will need to take place on the street, but outside the construction zone. You may park in front of your home outside the construction hours of 7AM to 7PM, but understand that any vehicles left in the roadway will get into the way of the construction and may delay the construction.

If you or a neighbor will have trouble getting access to your home due to a disability, please let me know so we can arrange special access or assistance.

Replacement of the storm sewer pipe and structures at Johnson and Main Street

The contractor is doing their best to maintain a drive-able surface for local residents who live on Main, Johnson or King, but Main Street is closed to thru traffic.  Please also remember that the stop signs are still in place on Mears and on Lake Street even though Main Street is under construction.

 

Friday, May 10, 2019

There is a separated system in Whitehall. One sewer, the ‘sanitary’ sewer carries the wastewater from homes and businesses. This flows via gravity sewer pipes or is pumped through lift stations (sometimes several times) all the way to the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System in Egelston Township. This is where it is treated and disinfected before it goes back into our lakes and rivers.

The other, ‘storm’ sewer carries rain water that doesn’t soak into the ground to creeks or to White Lake. The primary function of this is to drain road surfaces to ensure safe travel. This water is not treated before discharge to our lakes and rivers. Luckily, Main Street is well above the level of White Lake given current high water issues in the area.

This week, the contractor finished the replacement of the sanitary sewer main from 325 Main Street to 107 Main Street. The main was leak tested to ensure there were no leaks that would allow groundwater to enter it. This was all of the planned replacement of sewer main to be done as the other portions had already been replaced in the recent past (last 20 years). Sanitary sewer mains should have a life of at least 50 years and the sewers installed in this neighborhood date back at least 60 years, but more likely 80 years. Sewer services to homes in this stretch were replaced as well. Some of the existing old storm sewer pipe and structures at the intersections of King and Johnson were removed.

Here is the work we expect to see take place next week, the week of May 13:

  • No work is currently planned for tomorrow, Saturday, May 11, 2019, but Saturday work may occur in the future.
  • New storm sewer pipe and drainage structures will be installed at the King and Johnson intersections.
  • New retaining walls with landscaping block may begin to take shape along the steep slopes next to the roadway.
  • Consumers Energy and other overhead utilities will continue to work on relocating their utility poles.

The contractor is doing their best to maintain a drive-able surface for local residents who live on Main, Johnson or King, but Main Street is closed to thru traffic. Please also remember that the stop signs are still in place on Mears and on Lake Street even though Main Street is under construction.

A completed sanitary sewer service pipe

Friday, May 3, 2019

This week, the contractor removed the remaining pavement on Main Street—between Lake Street and Mears Avenue—as well the intersections at King and Johnson and driveway approaches, sidewalk ramps, and other items in the street that will be replaced. Consumers Energy prepared for their utility pole re-locations by tree trimming on adjacent streets, King and Johnson. The stumps for the 5 trees removed on Main Street last week were ground and removed. The contractor installed over 1,000 feet of new sanitary sewer main in Main Street, including new manholes at the intersections of King and Johnson.

Here is the work we expect next week, the week of May 6, 2019:

  • No work is currently planned for tomorrow, Saturday, May 4, 2019, but Saturday work may occur in the future.
  • The sanitary sewer main installation will be completed and tested.
  • Sanitary sewer service pipes for individual homes will be replaced from the new main to near the property line/edge of the road Right-of-Way. Water service to the home should not be interrupted, but please refrain from putting a lot of water down the drain when the crews are working next week. Service lines will be reconnected at the end of each day
  • Consumers and other overhead utilities will continue to work on relocating their utility poles.
  • New storm drainage structures may be installed near the intersections of King and Johnson.

The contractor is doing their best to maintain a drivable surface for local residents who live on Main, Johnson, and King, but Main Street is closed to thru traffic.

 

Contractor spreading old asphalt millings for a temporary driving surface for local traffic

 

Workers installing a new manhole for the sanitary sewer main

Friday, April 26, 2019

This week, the intersections of Lake Street and Muskegon Avenue and Lake Street and the Bike Path Trestle had the old concrete removed and replaced with asphalt.  The road was closed from Monday through Thursday evening.  The dip on Zellar Road north of White Lake Drive was repaired and repaved on Wednesday and Thursday.  Today, the Contractor moved operations to Main Street where they will remain until early July.  The road surface has been milled off and work has begun with the new sanitary sewer main pipe on Main Street.  Five trees were removed on Main Street on the north side of the road, between Lake Street and King.

The mailboxes on Main Street were relocated to a bank of mailboxes on the west side of Mears, just north of Main Street.

Here is the work we expect to see take place next week:

  • More pavement removals will take place on Main Street along with the removal of any curb and gutter, some driveway approaches and some sidewalk ramps.
  • Sanitary sewer main will continue to be installed from the west end of the project to the east end near Mears.
  • Consumers and other overhead utilities are working to relocate some utility poles that are in conflict with the new sidewalk and near the intersections.

We do not expect any interruptions of sewer as the existing sewer is still in place and flowing.  Driveways will be maintained, but Main Street is closed to thru traffic.

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Here is an update on the new construction project on Main Street that is about to begin, as well as the pavement patches on Lake Street and Zellar Road. As you are likely aware, the Contractor, Kamminga & Roodvoets (K&R), began work on Lake Street on Monday by removing the deteriorated concrete intersections at the old RR Trestle (bike path) and Muskegon Avenue. The road is closed between Sophia Street and Misco Drive to through traffic. K&R initially closed Zellar Road on Monday morning with the idea of removing that section, but it was then decided to wait and do that section after Lake Street was removed; so that was reopened mid-day on Monday.

An update through Tuesday’s work:

  • The removals on Lake Street are complete and new road base (gravel) has been installed. The road will remain closed until the afternoon of Thursday, April 25.
  • No work is likely to take place on Lake Street on Wednesday, but the area is ready to receive asphalt which is currently scheduled for Thursday (mid-day).
  • Zellar Road will be closed first thing Wednesday morning and the pavement will be removed at the culvert just north of White Lake Drive. The base material and reinforcement will be installed Wednesday and prepped for new asphalt.
  • Zellar Road is currently scheduled to be paved on Thursday afternoon.
  • Lake Street and Zellar Road should be re-opened to traffic Thursday late afternoon.
  • If all goes well, Main Street will be closed on Friday only after Lake Street and Zellar Road are reopened. Main Street will be closed to through traffic until early July. Access to homes will be maintained.
  • Pavement on Main Street will be removed starting Friday so Sanitary sewer main can be installed. This is the green pipe that was delivered on Monday that is on the south side of the road now. Pipe will begin installation in the middle of the hill between Lake Street and King Street.
  • Pavement removals will progress through the day on Friday.

IMPORTANT INFO

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

Project Engineer: Dave Cadena
231–670–7017

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

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Contractor: Kamminga & Roodvoets (K&R) of Grand Rapids

Emergency Contact: Brad Kreider
616–437–6302

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City of Whitehall Dept. of Public Works

Contact: Brian Armstrong
231–894–4157

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If you or a neighbor will have trouble getting access to your home due to a disability, please let me know so we can arrange special access or assistance.

The contractor is doing their best to maintain a drivable surface for local residents who live on Main, Johnson or King, but Main Street is closed to thru traffic.  Please also remember that the stop signs are still in place on Mears and on Lake Street even though Main Street is under construction.

Construction is on track to be complete by June 30, 2019; all work and schedules are weather dependent.

Please let Dan Sorek know if you are experiencing problems with mail delivery or garbage collection.

Please contact Prein&Newhof if you have any questions whatsoever regarding
construction, the design plans, or if there are any issues. Thank you very much
for your patience and cooperation.