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13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

As the winter turns to spring, more and more potholes start to appear throughout West Michigan. We would like you to tell us where the worst potholes can be found.

If you've come across a really bad pothole in your neighborhood, please leave a comment below to let us know where we can find it.

Also, if you can safely get a photo, email those to pics@wzzm13.com along with your name, phone number, and location where the photo was taken.

As comments and photos come in, WZZM13 will publicize the worst of the worst in an effort to get them fixed as quickly as possible.

How much snow did you get overnight?

How much snow did you get overnight?

CASCADE, MI - The first question I was asked this morning was "how much snow did you get?"  Nearly seven inches of snow greeted me when I left the house.  It's the dry, powder type of snow, which is great for downhill skiing.  I imagine snowboarders, cross-country skiers, and kids of all ages love it too.  My dog enjoyed making first tracks this morning.  The main streets in Cascade were already plowed curb-to-curb and even the back-roads between Cascade and Lowell were passable.

Rediscover our past by visiting historic landmarks

Rediscover our past by visiting historic landmarks

ADA, MI - Walking across the Ada Covered Bridge is like stepping back in time.  It is one of four remaining historic covered bridges in West Michigan and the only one in Ada.

In the 1800’s and early 1900’s, bridges became the lifeblood of a community.  Ada’s development and prosperity were tied to its bridges.  The Ada Covered Bridge is the last remaining bridge from that era. 

Formerly known as the Bradfield Bridge, it was built by William Holmes in 1867.  He used a truss system patented by Josiah Brown of Buffalo.  The Michigan legislature authorized Ada to borrow up to $3,000 to build and maintain the bridge.

By 1904, Ada was a bustling township with a railroad station, post office, public school, two churches, hotel, several blacksmith shops, two general stores, sawmill and a couple dozen houses.

Lane closure: M-21 Kent County October 8

Lane closure: M-21 Kent County October 8

Lane closures for resurfacing will be in place this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the M-21 (Fulton Street) temporary bridge over the Grand River.  Both directions of traffic will be maintained in a single lane using flag control.

The work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)

For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: www.michigan.gov/drive<http://www.michigan.gov/drive.

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What's happening to the trees on Main Street?

What's happening to the trees on Main Street?

LOWELL, MICH. (WZZM) Have you noticed a lot of trees missing along Main Street?  The Department of Public Works tells WZZM 13 News the city is installing raised flower boxes along the street in an effort to add some color to the downtown.

Public Works Director Dan DesJarden admits there has been some difficulty getting new trees to grow with all of the cement and asphalt surrounding them. DesJarden says the current trees will not be removed, but the flower boxes will be added on both sides of Main Street.

 

 

M-21 Bridge Project is behind schedule

M-21 Bridge Project is behind schedule

ADA, MI - Unusually-high water levels on the Grand River have resulted in a number of lost work days on the M-21 bridge project throughout the spring and summer months. A total of 40 days on pier work in the river have been lost due to high water levels, including, most recently, the period between July 30 and August 5. As a result, the project is about 6 weeks behind the original schedule, which called for completion of the new bridge deck by the end of November, 2011.

MDOT is working with the contractor to find ways to make up the lost time. If this can’t be accomplished, it is likely that completion of the bridge deck and opening it to traffic will be delayed until April - May 2012, unless favorable weather conditions allow pouring of concrete pavement to take place during the winter months.

Source:  The AdaView

20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

ADA, MI - Approximately 400 bicyclists will be enjoying part of Ada Township’s non-motorized trail network this week, as part of the 20th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, sponsored by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. After staying overnight at the County fairgrounds in Lowell on Tuesday, July 19, tour riders will be riding west on Bailey Drive into Ada Township on Wednesday morning, where riders will use the Township trails on McCabe Ave., Conservation St. and Honey Creek Ave., on their way to the City of Rockford and ending that day in Ravenna.