City to begin street, sidewalk improvements

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Courtesy city of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids will put $28 million toward improvements to various streets and sidewalks this summer.

During a recent Grand Rapids City Commission meeting, the Vital Streets Oversight Committee gave an update on the Vital Streets program and shared the improvement projects slated for fiscal year 2023.

Upcoming street work includes resurfacing, rotomill work, reconstruction, lead water surface replacement, sewer separation and work on water mains. Preventive maintenance of bridges also will take place.

These projects currently have no specified start date, and some may be carried over into the next construction season.

Sidewalk repairs throughout the city are taking place in the First Ward through the end of June, the Third Ward from July to August and the Second Ward from September to November.

Properties with sidewalk repairs crossing through driveways will receive a 48-hour notice of the driveway’s unavailability. The time frame for this work will average one week and includes removal, forming of sidewalks, pouring of concrete and restoration of lawns.

In addition, the city plans to add two more miles of bicycle facilities while also making changes to existing bicycle facilities for better signage and cyclist access.

Vital Streets projects are backed by a voter-approved plan in 2014 that extended a local income tax levy for 15 years.

An interactive map of current and upcoming projects is here.

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