Posted on 31 March 2016.
DPW workers try to figure out how to get their pothole repair truck out of a pothole.
When it rains, it pours. And where one pothole is, another is sure to spring up. That’s what our local DPW department discovered when they contracted an excavating crew to repair a pothole on 17 Mile Road this week.
According to a DPW spokesperson, a truck filled with asphalt was backing up towards the hole, when the road gave way, creating another pothole. To make it even worse, the truck became stuck in it.
They then had to call in a helicopter to help lift the truck out of the pothole.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” he said.
Once they got the truck out, they found that water was running underneath the road from an underground spring they thought was dormant. He said there used to be a lake in this area, and it appeared to be coming back. “This is going to take more work than just filling in a pothole,” he said. “It’s actually a good thing this happened or we wouldn’t know what we are up against. We have to stop the spring from pooling underneath the road, or before you know it, there will be fish and other water life growing down there. We can’t let that interfere with our roadway. People could get hurt trying to fish through potholes, not to mention the road caving in.”
He said he hopes to be able to divert the water into a natural water fountain along the roadway for everyone to enjoy, and hopes to have it done by April Fool’s Day!
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Posted on 21 May 2015.
I would like to suggest to local business owners and managers that they get together and do something about the potholes in their parking lots before they lose a lot of business. Menards happens to have pothole patch on sale this week! Only $9.99 for a 50 lb bag. I’m sure you can find something similar locally if driving to Grand Rapids is an inconvenience. I know some of my friends are avoiding some businesses completely for fear of damaging their cars. If you are waiting for the property owner to take care of it, you might be in for a long wait unfortunately.
Helen Hoornstra, City of Cedar Springs
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Posted on 27 March 2014.
A dispute over legal boundaries has left motorists dodging a crater in the middle of the road and no one to appeal to.
A pothole at White Creek and Shady Lane has been steadily growing this winter, in part due to an underground spring. The other reason is lack of road maintenance. And that won’t be remedied anytime soon, because the pothole is—quite literally—in no man’s land.
With road budgets dwindling and projects being scaled back, the city and townships began looking at critical areas to repair. While looking at this particular intersection, the city discovered that due to a legal technicality, it was not included in the 425 agreement with Solon Township and therefore not in the city’s jurisdiction.
“We’ve been maintaining that intersection for years,” said a city spokesperson. “But we can’t afford to use taxpayer money to repair something that doesn’t belong to us.”
Solon Township disagrees with that perspective. “They should honor the spirit of the agreement,” they said. “There is nothing in that agreement that shows it belongs to us either.”
In the meantime, drivers are getting flat tires and bottoming out in the hole. “It’s really bad when it snows because you can’t see the hole,” said one driver, who has had his car in the shop three times due to the pothole. “It’s ridiculous that they can’t fix it. Does someone have to get hurt?”
Kent County was contacted to see if they could help repair the road, but they said they don’t have the money for anything north of 14 Mile Road.
A new community group called the “Shady Lane pothole initiative” is looking for donations of cash to help solve the problem. They plan to hold a meeting on Tuesday, April 1 at a local tavern to discuss whether to use the cash to fill the hole or use the money to pay for their drinks.
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