Grand Rapids reconstructs Jefferson Avenue SE


The reconstruction of Jefferson Avenue SE in downtown Grand Rapids gets underway on Monday.

Grand Rapids City Engineer Mark De Clercq said the $1.7-million project will be done in two phases and will include streetscape improvements.

The first phase of Jefferson, which is on the southeastern edge of downtown, will remake the avenue from Fulton to Weston streets, with the second stage doing the same from Weston to Cherry streets.

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The work includes re-doing the sewers, replacing the water main, adding new sidewalks, brick pavers, bike lanes, bicycle racks and new ornamental street lighting and separating the combined sewer on Washington Street.

“We’re going to expand bike-lane striping down Cherry to the west,” said De Clercq.

The city’s sewer system and water department are contributing $502,000 and $424,000, respectively, to the cost of the project.

The Downtown Development Authority has authorized $748,000 for the work.

The city commission awarded Nagel Construction Inc. the construction contract late last month and also authorized the project’s expenditures.

De Clercq said the first phase is expected to end by July 31.

The second phase should begin on Aug. 1 and be completed by Sept. 14, just prior to the start of ArtPrize.

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