By Judy Reed
That’s because the Kent County Community Development Department announced that Cedar Springs would receive $63,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (CDBG-R) to mill and resurface the roadway, between Muskegon and Cherry Streets.
The award took City Manager Christine Burns off guard. “I was extremely surprised. Honestly, I thought the stimulus money had all been earmarked and Cedar Springs had been overlooked,” she said.
But she was thrilled to hear about the grant. “Without the ARRA funding, this project wouldn’t happen. We have been resurfacing our major streets, one at a time (East and West Muskegon, Pine Street, and most recently South Main) with grant money and local matches to provide our citizens with quality roads. We will continue to do our best to improve the city’s infrastructure on a very limited budget,” she said.
According to Department of Public Works Superintendent Jerry Hall, the project will include 1,200 linear feet of Fifth Street, between Muskegon and the Cherry Street intersection. “We’ll mill out and replace the blacktop curb and gutter, but not the concrete,” explained Hall. “This winter we’ll put the bid specs together and let for bid in early spring to get the best price.”
He noted that when oil was high, the job would have been over $80,000. But with oil now lower, it should cost much less.
Hall said the last time the street was redone was when the sanitary sewer was replaced, about 1985.