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Sewer and water construction begins

Work began late last week to replace old sewer lines in the City of Cedar Springs. This photo shows construction on E. Cherry Street. Post photo by J. Reed.

Work began late last week to replace old sewer lines in the City of Cedar Springs. This photo shows construction on E. Cherry Street. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Area residents driving through the east side of the City of Cedar Springs probably couldn’t help but notice that the city’s utility reconstruction work has begun.

The city is replacing antiquated sewer lines and will construct a new water main on Muskegon Street.

Phase one of the project started with E. Cherry Street, and runs to just east of Park Street, and then south on Park to Ash Street. Asphalt was removed from those streets late last week, and work began in earnest this week on Cherry Street.

Phases 1 and 2 will include removing the existing road surface, aggregate base and sub-base, and installing new sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main and reconnection of sewer and water services.

Phase 2 of the project will include reconstruction of Ash Street, from Park Street to Ann Street, Ann Street from Ash to Beech Street, and Linda Street from the Beech Street intersection.

Phase 3 will be water main construction along Muskegon Street from Red Hawk Drive to the well fields.

Phase 4 will include sanitary sewer lining and spot repairs around the city.

During phase 1 and 2, residents will be able to get in and out, even when the road is torn up. “Dean’s Excavating (who is doing the work) has to provide access at all times,” explained DPW Director Tom Stressman. “At least one side will be passable.”

The United States Post Office on Cherry Street is still open. You can access it by parking behind the Kent Theatre and walking across the street; parking in the alley behind the Post Office; or parking in their lot off First Street.

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Protecting Our Investment…Securing Our Future

2014 Summer Construction Update

After the passing of the Sinking Fund in 2012, an advisory committee consisting of parents, staff, and community members worked together to determine a long range plan for facilities and infrastructure of Cedar Springs Public Schools by identifying the needs of the district.

Phase I took place last summer as we added additional parking spaces at the High School and rerouted the Student Pick-Up/Drop-off.  This summer Phase II will begin with the focus on Cedar Trails Elementary Improved Parking and Improved Pick-Up/Drop-Off.

A new staff parking lot will be created between Cedar Trails Elementary and Cedar View Elementary.  By doing this, the Cedar Trails parking lot in front of the building will be dedicated to parents and children.

There will be an improved dropp-off/pick-up area created.  A media island will serve as the main drop-off/pick-up area for parents.

There will be an illustration of the new and improved area on www.csredhawks.org once available.

Construction will begin in June after school has been dismissed for the summer.  The Cedar Trails Elementary building will not be accessible until the construction is complete.  The Campus Kids summer care program will be relocated to Beach Elementary.

The Approved Sinking Fund is the means by which the District can protect the community’s investment used by our students, staff, parents, and community.  We appreciate your support!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Cedar Springs District Office at 616-696-1204.

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Willow trees victim of construction

N-willow-trees-taken-down-001Bob and Mary Lou Fuller, of Solon Township, live right in the midst of the area under construction on Northland Drive, just north of 16 Mile. As a result of the road being widened, a couple of their stately willow trees had to come down.

“Bob planted them so they were about 45 years old,” Mary Lou told the Post.

The willows have not been the only casualties. The construction has also been rough on cars trying to get in and out.

N-willow-trees-taken-down-005After the heavy rain last Friday, the northern section of the road became like a bog, with at least seven cars getting stuck in the mud. At least one, and possibly more, had to be pulled out with a tow truck.

It’s a good idea to avoid that stretch of Northland (from South Street to 16 Mile Road) unless you live in that area.


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Man killed in construction accident

A 38-year-old construction worker died today, when he fell through a roof he was working on.

According to Sparta Police Chief Andrew Milanowski, the accident occurred about 10:20 a.m. Monday, July 2, at Federal Mogul, 200 Maple Street, in Sparta.

Brian Tarachanowicz, 38, an employee of Black River Builders, a company contracted to repair the roof of Federal Mogul, reportedly stepped on a weak part of the structure, which gave way beneath him. He fell 30 feet to the concrete below, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Assisting the Sparta PD at the scene was Sparta Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance. The Kent County Medical Examiner was also called to the scene.

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Construction to start on US131 north of Sand Lake

Commuters traveling US131 north of Sand Lake need to be prepared—reconstruction starts Monday on a 12-mile stretch that won’t be completed until next fall.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, the work will be done from Cannonsville Road north to M-46. Bridges over Tamarack Creek and Kendaville Road will be improved and widened, as will the freeway access ramps there.

Northbound traffic will be down to one lane, and will use crossovers. Ramp closures with posted detours will be used at M-82 and M-46.

The work is not expected to be completed until November 3.


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