Grand Rapids invites input on plan for 588 miles of streets


The Grand Rapids Sustainable Streets Task Force will hold a public forum this Tuesday evening at New Hope Baptist Church.

The church is an appropriate site, because task force members would like to hear from business owners and residents at the 5:30 p.m. meeting.

They’re hoping that those in attendance will provide useful input to the preliminary fix-the-streets recommendations they will make.

588 miles of streets

The public comments the task force receives at the forum will be considered for inclusion in the group’s final recommendations on how the city’s 588 miles of streets can be improved, as nearly two-thirds are in poor condition.

Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong said the task force has made significant progress over the past year in developing a plan that calls for a mix of new state investment and new local investment to meet the city’s need of $22 million in road funding each year for the next 15 years. Details on that plan will be shared at the forum.

DeLong said another part of the task force’s plan wants to relieve city property owners of the cost to repair sidewalks, an ordinance that has been on the books for the past 95 years.

“An opportunity is now being provided for you to provide your thoughts on the future of this important community asset,” said DeLong of the city’s street system.

New Hope Baptist Church is at 130 Delaware St. SE.

Online feedback

After the meeting, the task force’s presentation will be available on Facebook at SustainableStreetsGR, and visitors are encouraged to leave comments.

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