Construction Updates

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2021 Construction Project Information and Updates-Scroll Down to Appropriate Project Types

Sanitary Sewer Utility System:

Sanitary Sewer Lift Station Projects 2021

Sanitary sewer lift stations located on Reeds Lake Blvd at the DPW Complex and Greenwood/Lakeside Drive will be overhauled with new piping, pumps, and electrical from December through April. Project work will be confined to site locations and no impact is anticipated for residents.
  • Greenwood Lift Station-Update: Substantially completed.
  • DPW Lift Station-Update: Substantially completed. 
Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation:

Contractor: Corby Energy Services 


The following areas will have sanitary sewer main rehabilitation starting in the end of April and into June of 2021. Notices will be sent in advance of work and door hangers will be utilized by the city's contractor Corby Energy Services.

Project areas:
  • Pioneer Club Road - Reeds Lake Boulevard to Manhattan Road Update: Completed the week of May 10.
  • Wealthy Street - Lovett Avenue to Bagley Avenue-Update: Completed the week of June 1.
  • Reeds Lake Blvd-Trail to DPW Lift Station-Update: Completed the week of June 1.
  • Orchard Avenue - Argentina Drive to Lakeside Drive-Update: Completed the week of May 17.
  • Wealthy Street - Cambridge Boulevard to 150' West of Plymouth-Update: Completed the week of May 17.
  • San Lu Rae Drive - 150' West of San Lucia Drive
Storm Sewer Rehabilitation:

Contractor: Corby Energy Services - Project Manager Josh Freeman (734) 604-5109

The following areas will receive storm sewer rehabilitation starting in the end of March and into June of 2021. Notices will be sent in advance of work, and door hangers will be utilized by the city's contractor Corby Energy Services. 

Project areas:
  • Richards Drive to Maplewood Drive Cross Lot Storm Sewer 
  • Woodcliff Drive - 1520 Woodcliff Drive Cross Lots to the East
  • Cambridge Drive - 1100 Cambridge Spot Repair 
UPDATE:  Storm sewer cleaning and televising has been completed.  Additional information will be posted when lining is scheduled.



Water Utility System Distribution System Survey:

Water Service Line Inventory:  The City of East Grand Rapids in conjunction with Advanced Hydro Vac is hydro excavating  water service lines to complete a comprehensive inventory of water service line materials and water shut off valves.  Target areas are street construction project areas as well as the far west quadrant of the City.  Residents will be mailed a notice describing this inventory work.  All work will be completed in the public right-of-way.  The excavations will be backfilled by the City with restorations including top soil and seed being completed within several weeks of the survey work.   


Projected Project Areas/Updates

Update: Cured-in-place pipe rehabilitation is anticipated to commence in early July.

  • Beechwood Drive from Lake Grove Avenue to Beechwood gravel Section (1,482 LF of 6 inch cast iron main installed in 1925)-Fer Pal-Cured-in-place pipe method.
  • Gladstone Avenue from Lake Drive to Wealthy Street (455 LF of 6 inch cast iron main installed in 1925)-Fer Pal-Cured-in-place pipe method.
  • Manhattan Lane easement from end of cul-de-sac to end (947 feet of 6 inch ductile iron installed in 1965)-Fer Pal-Cured-in-place pipe method.
  • Wealthy Street from Gladstone to  the west City limit (129 feet of  2 inch iron installed in 1919 to 6 inch ductile iron)-EGR DPW will be completing this project via "open cut" method.
Click here for notice.
Contractor: Fer Pal

What is water main CIPP?

CIPP is a trenchless process to rehabilitate water mains. This process is less invasive and less disruptive than open cut utility replacement. Before the existing water main is removed from service, a temporary above ground water service system is put into place. Once the temporary system is in place and has passed required testing, the contractor will contact residents to remove water meters from homes before connecting to this system. The existing water main is then taken out of service. Access pits, which EGR DPW crews will have pre-excavated, are used to access segments of the water main. At these sites the contractor cleans the water main with a metal chain reamer and inspects the pipe with closed-circuit television to map water service locations. After this is completed, plugs are inserted at water service locations by specialized robotic equipment. Then the new liner is inserted, epoxy resin is injected and hot water is circulated to cure the new liner into the new structural pipe within the old (host) pipe. When this is completed, hydrostatic pressure testing is conducted, water services are reinstated, and the new pipe is disinfected, flushed and tested. Water services are then brought back into service, water the contractor contacts residents to reinstall water meters and the temporary system is removed. Restorations are then completed in the project areas. Water service lines that the City owns (between the main and the stop box/shut off in the public right-of-way) that need replacement will take  place this summer, fall and into the winter.

For more technical information or FAQ’s with respect to the water main CIPP product/process, please visit the following link provided below:
http://www.aqua-pipe.com/frequently-asked-questions.html

Manhole and Catch Basin Rehabilitation Program: 

Contractor: Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (ART)

The following work will be completed April through July. 
Update: Completed-April 2021.



Contractor: Havener Tech, INC

The following work will take place from April through July. 
Update: Completed.  The contractor will tentatively be in EGR on June 8 and 9 to rehab structures on Hall Street from Plymouth to Lake. 


Street and Sidewalk Construction Updates


  • In 2015, City residents passed a ballot proposal to allow the City to collect 2.0 mills for street and sidewalk improvements. Since the passing, the City has worked aggressively to upgrade the 47 miles of street and 80 miles of sidewalk within the City.
  • Construction projects are subject to change depending on bid results and allocated funds. 
The Cost of Timely Maintenance
Proper street maintenance and surface preservation treatments at the right time (per PASER asset condition rating) is important to maintain the street surface condition, maximizing the impact of investment, while extending the life of the street asset.

Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council

The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) provides best practices for road preservation based on a roads specific PASER rating. The city uses these best practices when deciding how to best preserve the lifespan of our roads. Please click here to see the recommended surface treatments in accordance to PASER ratings, and click here to go to the Michigan Transportation Asset Management
Council's website.


 

Street (PASER) Ratings Maps 

2021 Road Projects Map


2021 Mill/Overlay Streets

A “mill & overlay” is a street maintenance process that requires the removal of the top layer of a street by a milling machine. After the top layer is removed any road base repairs are completed. Before the new pavement is placed, the surface of the newly milled pavement is covered with a liquid asphalt tack coat to bond the old and new pavements before a new layer of bituminous pavement is put in place. Mill and overlay projects at various depths are designated for streets that meet PASER 2-4 ratings. Spot curb replacement, drainage issues and some ADA ramps are also typically addressed during mill/overlay projects. This type of work will be done in the following areas: 

Project Locations and Phases:

Phase 1: Tentative start the week of April 12 with tentative completion the end of April.

  • Asbury Road - Brighton to End- Update: Roadwork has been completed.
  • Tenway Drive-Englewood Drive to Oxford Road- Update: Roadwork has been completed. 

Phase 2: Tentative start early to mid-May with tentative completion the end of May. Update: Contractor is ahead of schedule.

  • Richards Drive-Breton Road to Lake Grove Avenue- Update: Roadwork has been completed. 
  • Richards Drive - Conlon Avenue to Andover Road- Update:  Roadwork has been completed. 
  • Wilshire Drive-Breton Road to Oakwood Drive - Update:  Roadwork has been completed. 
  • Anderson Drive-Hall Street to Pinecrest Avenue - Update:  Roadwork has been completed. 
  • Lenox Road-Hall Street to Anderson Drive - Update:  Roadwork has been completed. 
  • Orchard Avenue-Hall Street to Burchard Street - Update:  Roadwork has been completed. 
  • San Jose Drive-Burchard Street to Argentina Drive - Update:  Roadwork has been completed. 
  • Santa Cruz DriveArgentina Drive to Coronado Drive End - Update:  Roadwork has been completed. 

Phase 3:  Tentative start end of May/early June with completion in early/mid-July.

  • Pinecrest Avenue-San Lu Rae Drive to Argentina Drive - Update: For the week of June 7, Crews will be finishing placing storm sewer pipe and all spot curb replacements should be placed. Roadway will get prepped for asphalt. Tentatively milling and paving is scheduled for Friday 6/11 and Saturday 6/12. Door hanger notices will be distributed on Thursday 6/10 with more information.
  • Orchard Avenue – Lakeside Drive to Argentina Drive - Update: For the week of June 7, Crews will be finishing placing storm sewer pipe and all spot curb replacements should be placed. Roadway will get prepped for asphalt. Tentatively milling and paving is scheduled for Friday 6/11 and Saturday 6/12. Door hanger notices will be distributed on Thursday 6/10 with more information.
  • Lakeside Drive - Lake Drive to Argentina Drive - Update: For the week of June 7, Crews will be finishing placing storm sewer pipe and all spot curb replacements should be placed. Roadway will get prepped for asphalt. Tentatively milling and paving is scheduled for Friday 6/11 and Saturday 6/12. Door hanger notices will be distributed on Thursday 6/10 with more information.
  • Floral Avenue- San Lu Rae Drive to Argentina Drive - Update: For the week of June 7, Crews will be finishing placing storm sewer pipe and all spot curb replacements should be placed. Roadway will get prepped for asphalt. Tentatively milling and paving is scheduled for Friday 6/11 and Saturday 6/12. Door hanger notices will be distributed on Thursday 6/10 with more information.

  • Locust Avenue - Lake Drive to Sherman Street - Update: For the week of June 7, Crews will be removing spot curb and ADA Ramps. A few no parking signs may get placed for crews to complete this work.

Phase 4: 6/7/21.  Tentatively aligned with Phase 3-Please monitor the City web page and biweekly e-newsletters.

Due to favorable construction bids and asset management criteria, the City has added three additional streets:

  • Exeter Road – Englewood Drive to Brighton Drive
  • Gladstone Drive – Sherman Street to Reed Street - Update: For the week of June 7, Crews will be removing spot curb and ADA Ramps. A few no parking signs may get placed for crews to complete this work.
  • Wren Avenue - Woodcliff Circle to Bonnell Avenue

Federal Aid-Mill and Overlay Project:  Hall Street-Plymouth Road to Lake Drive.

Update:  In advance of anticipated construction the Department of Public Works is repairing and replacing utility related infrastructure items including water main valves, fire hydrants and completing an inventory of water service lines and stop boxes.  June 8 a contractor will be rehabbing manhole and catch basin structures throughout the project limits. 

Tentative start is June 21 with the project completion date the end of August.

Message board signs are currently placed on Hall Street in advance of the project starting to provide additional notification of the project.


2021 Capeseal Streets


In the cape seal process an engineered polymer-modified RCRI is applied on the existing pavement and then covered with Micro-Surfacing. This is a cost-effective process that provides the strength and durability of RCRI and the smoothness and texture of micro-surfacing and/or slurry seal. A cape seal is applied when the pavement deterioration is greater than what a slurry seal or micro-surfacing is designed to correct, yet the pavement has not deteriorated to the point of requiring an expensive asphalt overlay. A cape seal prevents water penetration, reducing subsequent damage to the road bed, along with providing a new wearing surface. Cape seals are applied to streets rated PASER 4/5 to 6 depending on additional pavement surface maintenance. Cape seals can be used on residential streets as well as rural and urban highways. Used with crack sealing and necessary surface repairs, a cape seal significantly extends the life of a pavement. In advance of this treatment the City prepares the existing road surface by milling and paving out rough surface areas and performing crack sealing. This advance preparation work usually takes 1-2 days and is completed with appropriate traffic control. Please expect traffic delays on these streets, and please be courteous and respectful of crews on site controlling traffic. This type of work will be done in the following areas: 



  • Boston Street (Breton Road to Laurel Avenue) 
  • Lake Grove Avenue (Hall Street to Lake Drive)  Update-EGR DPW and KCRC team will be milling/patching and applying mastic the week of June 7 to improve the street surface in advance of a cape seal treatment anticipated between June 22-30.
  • Princeton Boulevard (Lake Drive to End) Update-EGR DPW and KCRC team will be milling/patching and applying mastic the week of June 7 to improve the street surface in advance of a cape seal treatment anticipated between June 22-30.
  • Hall Street Eastbound (Lake Drive to Woodcliff Drive)
  • Hall Street Westbound (Woodcliff Circle to Bonnell Avenue)
  • San Lu Rae Drive (Lake Drive to Plymouth Road)
  • Wealthy Street (Lakeside Drive to Lovett Avenue) Update-EGR DPW and KCRC team will be milling/patching and applying mastic the week of June 7 to improve the street surface in advance of a cape seal treatment anticipated between June 22-30.
  • Lakeside Drive (Lansing Street to Robinson Road) Update-EGR DPW and KCRC team will be milling/patching and applying mastic the week of June 7 to improve the street surface in advance of a cape seal treatment anticipated between June 22-30.
Update: Capeseal projects are tentatively scheduled to be completed between June 22 and June 30.  Preparation work including mastic joint repairs and spot milling and paving will be competed in June in advance of the capeseal treatments.  Work will be completed in collaboration between EGR DPW and the KCRC.  Preparation work will have minimal impact to traffic.

Visit the Strawser Construction website for updates.

2021 Micro-Surface Streets

Micro-surfacing, a cost-effective pavement maintenance process used by DOT's and municipalities across the country, is a design mixture of polymer-modified asphalt emulsion, crushed aggregate, mineral fillers, water, and additives. The mixture is properly proportioned, mixed, and uniformly spread over a suitably prepared surface. Micro-surfacing is a pavement preservation treatment for street surfaces rated at PASER 5 or 6. Micro-surfacing provides a quality wearing surface, extends pavement life, sets within a day, seals out moisture and does not require utility casting adjustments. In advance of this treatment the City prepares the existing road surface by milling and paving out rough surface areas and performing crack sealing. This type of work will be done in the following areas: 

  • Laurel Circle  (Lake Drive to End)  
Visit the Strawser Construction website for real time updates including any cancellations

Update: Micro-surface is anticipated to be completed in late June, by June 30.

Sidewalk Construction 


As part of the 2015 Streets and Sidewalks Millage the City has been investing more funds into the annual sidewalk rehab and replacement program. Each year, targeted areas are investigated on a rotation basis. The targeted area is subject to budget constraints.
 
Update: The sidewalk rehab and replacement program target area (see map below) has been completed for the 2021 construction season. 


Preventative Maintenance 


Streets that are not marked for construction this summer may still receive preventative maintenance if necessary. City DPW crews or contractors crack seal and/or apply mastic to PASER rated streets that are rated 6/7 throughout the spring and summer seasons. Please see the updated PASER map above for designated street ratings.

Notices for Road Construction

Notices are mailed to residents on affected streets in advance of any work. Notices will be posted below as they are being mailed out.

FY 20-21 Street Construction Notice to Impacted Residents
FY 20-21 Sidewalk Replacement Notice to Impacted Residents 
Strawser Cape-seal Door Hanger Notice
Strawser Micro-seal Door Hanger Notice



Construction

Street & Sidewalk Millage 



On May 5, 2015, East Grand Rapids voters approved a 10-year, 2.0-mill Streets and Sidewalks Millage request. The city updates our progress towards our 70% goal each fall after the construction season to benchmark our progress. The City has 47.26 miles of streets. Below is a graph of our current progress reflecting the road work completed this summer of 2019. The new PASER map can be downloaded here.


2020 PASER Ratings


  • Blue line shows road condition projection if no additional funding was received.  
  • Green line projects road conditions through the 10-year period of the Street & Sidewalk Millage using the additional 2.0 mills approved by East Grand Rapids voters. 
  • Red line shows current ratings with approved millage. 

 

Information Links:



Questions regarding the East Grand Rapids Streets & Sidewalk millage can be directed to 616-949-2110 or to City Clerk Karen Brower by email or to 750 Lakeside Drive SE, EGR MI 49506.