City completes $2M West Side street project


Grand Rapids city commissioners Dave Shaffer, left, and Jon O'Connor discuss the completion of a street project in the West Leonard business district. Courtesy City of Grand Rapids

A West Side business district has enhanced walkability, a fresh stretch of road and more green infrastructure, thanks to a city construction project that was just completed.

Roadwork on Leonard Street NW from Alpine Avenue NW to Turner Avenue NW included resurfacing the road and upgrading sidewalks to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and widening sidewalks between Seward Street NW and Turner Avenue NW for walking, bicycle parking and outdoor seating.

Street trees and rain gardens were also installed where possible to green the area and help process storm water.

The construction project cost about $2 million and was funded by about $1.6 million from the city’s Vital Streets Capital Fund and $365,357 of federal grant money administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The city worked with neighbors and businesses to create the design for the road. City staff also consulted the neighborhood’s area specific plan for guidance during the design phase.

“The transformation of Leonard is one of the highlights of this year’s construction season,” said Steve Guitar, communications director, City of Grand Rapids.

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