River restoration project nearing construction phase

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Courtesy city of Grand Rapids

The Grand River Restoration Project is one step closer to the construction phase.

The city of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Whitewater (GRWW) said Wednesday, April 6, they now are seeking qualifications for construction management firms to provide services for the project.

The city and GRWW will partner in selecting a qualified firm.

“We are so excited to be making progress and taking steps for construction to begin in the Grand River,” said Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. “Securing the remaining permits and the selection of a qualified construction manager to implement this work are the next big milestones in the process to achieve our vision of creating a river that everyone can enjoy.”

Construction for the project includes removal of four concrete low-head dams and construction of in-channel features between Bridge Street NW and the Fulton Street Bridge. Other additions could include waves and riffles to add to the river’s diversity and improve the overall habitat.

The Grand River Restoration Project is a catalyst for a series of plans to transform the waterway and waterfront of the river. Other initiatives include the Upper Reach project, which will ensure invasive species controls, and the recently funded Grand River Greenway Project, which will implement new parks and trails along the riverfront.

President and CEO of Grand Rapids Whitewater Steve Heacock said it’s “very exciting” now to shift the restoration project conversation from design and development to construction.

“For the (past) decade, we have been diligently working through the design and engineering phase to deliver a project that restores the spirit of our iconic rapids,” Heacock said. “It has been a painstaking and meticulous process, but we have not lost sight of our vision.”

The deadline for statements of qualifications is April 25. Finalists will be interviewed by the city and GRWW before presenting to the city commission in June.

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