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My Town: Lake Drive construction means driving detours

My Town: Lake Drive construction means driving detours

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Construction season isn’t waiting for the snow to disappear.

Work is beginning on a half-mile section of Lake Drive, from the East Beltline to the East Grand Rapids border.  The project includes replacing asphalt and adding new curb, gutter and drive approaches.  Phase I work will focus on the eastbound lanes of Lake Drive now through May 23; crews will focus on the westbound lanes during Phase II of the project, which is expected to run May 27 through June 20.

Drivers should detour onto East Paris and take Burton to East Beltline during Phase I of the project; no detour will be necessary during Phase II, but drivers can expect slowdowns.

Kamminga and Roodvoets, Inc. will be handling the road project, which should be complete near the end of June.

My Town EGR: Pothole patching underway; submit your complaints

My Town EGR: Pothole patching underway; submit your complaints

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Pothole season is here, and the City of East Grand Rapids is asking for your help in tracking down the biggest trouble spots.

Drivers and homeowners who spot a large pothole or flooded street that needs immediate attention are asked to contact the Department of Public works at (616) 940-4870 or fill out an online form.  All tips should include the nearest cross street or house address, the side of the street or lane and your contact information.

Public Works crews are out patching problem spots as quickly as possible with “cold patch”, which serves as a temporary fix until warmer weather arrives.  City workers are also working to clear ice and snow from catch basin grates to prevent flooding as snow melts.

City welcomes dangerous driving alerts from community

City welcomes dangerous driving alerts from community

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The City of East Grand Rapids is asking community members to alert its employees to dangerous intersections caused by snow piles.

The city says crews are working to clear the piles from intersections as time allows.  In the meantime, drivers are asked to proceed with caution when turning into and out of side streets, as it is not always possible to see approaching vehicles.

To report an area of poor visibility, send the city an email describing the problem area, and workers will add it to their priority list.

EGR Community Foundation wants to 'Make Your Change Count'

EGR Community Foundation wants to 'Make Your Change Count'

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The East Grand Rapids Community Foundation is calling on community members to help make a new Reeds Lake Trail Boulevard bridge a reality.

The foundation will be selling change jars for its Make Your Change Count fundraising campaign for the proposed larger bridge.  The jars will be available for $5 during the community pancake breakfast Saturday, Jan. 25.  The pancake breakfast is $5 per person and includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.  The meal will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at East Grand Rapids Middle School.

For more information, contact Karen Brower at (616) 949-2110 or visit www.egrcf.org.

Winter Weather Update from City Hall

Winter Weather Update from City Hall

As you know, the winter weather of the last several weeks has left East Grand Rapids neighborhoods with a deep blanket of snow. Public Works Director Ken Feldt is providing the following update and policy explanation for all residents to explain the current conditions and service delays.

Ambulance Consortium to include at least six communities

Ambulance Consortium to include at least six communities

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   The new Ambulance Consortium in Kent County is growing.

Grand Rapids, Grandville, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming and Rockford have already voted to form the consortium.  Plainfield Township is also considering joining.

The Ambulance Consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

Kent County communities have been working on the partnership since 2010.  

Watch out speedy drivers! New radar trailer coming to East Grand Rapids

Watch out speedy drivers!  New radar trailer coming to East Grand Rapids

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—East Grand Rapids is getting a new device to help curb speeding drivers.

City officials recently approved purchasing a new radar trailer, which will display passing vehicles’ speeds.  The trailer will replace the city’s old one, which is beyond repair.  City officials say the old device may be saved for parts.

The new speed trailer will cost approximately $8,585, which will come from the city’s general fund.  The public safety department hopes to have the new device within the next month.