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Many road projects planned for Ada this summer
Many  road projects planned for Ada this summer

ADA, MI - The summer of 2012 will see a number of road repair and improvement projects in Ada Township, in addition to the ongoing work on the new M-21 bridge over the Grand River. Following is a list of planned projects and their targeted dates, as well as an update on M-21 bridge work:

• M-21 Bridge Replacement Update.  As those who use the bridge are aware, the Contractor resumed work in mid-March, and significant progress has been made since. Pouring of the concrete deck should be completed by early-June. Once the bridge deck is complete, concrete median barriers will be poured. When the median barrier and approach work is complete, the bridge will be opened to traffic – likely by the end of June.  At least one eastbound M-21 lane will probably remain closed after the bridge is open, to facilitate removal of the temporary bridge. MDOT is considering opening both lanes of westbound traffic right away, which would alleviate morning traffic congestion on Pettis Ave. and Vergennes St. The Contractor will have some presence throughout the entire construction season as the temporary bridge is removed and the construction area is restored.

• Milling and resurfacing of Fulton St. (M-21), from Grand River Dr. east to the Grand River.  This Michigan Department of Transportation project will likely be completed during night-time hours, and is tentatively planned to occur over a 3-4 week timeframe in August.

• Repaving of Pettis Ave., from Forest Hills Eastern High School south to Egypt Valley Ave.  The existing asphalt pavement will be crushed, re-shaped, and paved with new asphalt. Work will begin in mid-June and be completed in August. Through traffic will be detoured during the project. This project is funded entirely by the Kent County Road Commission, with Federal grant assistance.

• Milling and resurfacing of Longpoint Ct. and Rippling Drive; chip sealing and micro-surfacing of Conservancy Dr.  Schedule information for the above projects is not yet available. These local road projects are cost-shared by the Township and the Road Commission.

• Hall St. re-paving and sidewalk project, from Cascade Rd. to Forest Hills Central High School.  Work on this project will begin in June after school is recessed for the summer, and will be completed before school re-opens in the fall. A left-turn lane will be installed at the Paradise Lake Dr. intersection, and the balance of the road surface will be crushed, reshaped and repaved with asphalt at its current width. 5-foot wide sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the road. Project costs are being shared by Ada Township, Cascade Township and the Kent County Road Commission.

• Thornapple River Dr./Ada Dr. Intersection Repaving and Crosswalks.  As a follow-up to last year’s road construction in the Village, the Thornapple River Dr./Ada Dr. intersection will be milled and re-surfaced. In addition, brick-patterned crosswalks will be stamped and painted at the Bronson St. and Thornapple River Dr. intersections on Ada Dr. The schedule for this work is yet to be determined.

• Knapp Street bridge over the Grand River.  Minor repairs will be performed on the bridge structure, and the concrete bridge deck will have a sealer applied.  Scheduled for completion in August.