After an almost three-month reconstruction, the intersection of Lake Drive and Breton in East Grand Rapids opened Friday afternoon.
“The intersection of Lake Drive and Breton is the crossing of our City’s two main thoroughfares, so this was an important and vital project to complete,” said East Grand Rapids Mayor Amna Seibold. “We are so appreciative of the crews and City staff who worked extremely hard to complete this project before the projected finish date. We also thank our residents for their patience during this project and think they will be happy with the end results.”
The project included a variety of elements to upgrade and enhance the intersection, including: • Infrastructure: The water main, storm sewer and some sanitary sewers underneath the road were replaced. • Road: The road was completely repaved and widened slightly at the intersection, according to Federal Highway Administration standards. • Aesthetics: Fluted mast arms for traffic signals were installed to enhance the intersection as the gateway into Gaslight Village. Additionally, brick pavers were used for the crosswalks. • Signals: The traffic signals were replaced to meet current traffic safety standards. The new lights utilize a combination of sensors and programmed timing to adjust lights for peak and low traffic flow. • Bump-outs: On the east side of the road, bump-outs were created to slow traffic near the Middle School. • Power line poles: Consumers Energy replaced all the power line poles surrounding the project.
The City will continue working with contractors over the next month to wrap up miscellaneous work and ensure everything surrounding the project is finished properly. City crews will also be planting larger trees on school property along Lake Drive.
Eastbound commuters will no longer be able to access the Middle School from Lake Drive. They will need to turn onto Lakeside Drive and enter through the main entrance.
The project was funded through a combination of local and Federal sources, including the 2015 East Grand Rapids road millage.