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My Town Walker: Meijer tunnel project expected to cause driving delays

My Town Walker: Meijer tunnel project expected to cause driving delays

WALKER, Mich.—Drivers on Three Mile Road in Walker can expect delays starting next week, as a new tunnel project begins.

The tunnel will run under Three Mile Road west of Walker Avenue, connecting Meijer’s north and south campuses.  The City of Walker says the first phase of work will involve shifting traffic to the south side of the road so crews can move utilities and begin tunnel placement on the north side.  Phase 1 is expected to run from June 9 through early August. 

The next stage will involve shifting traffic to the north side of the road, so crews can focus on the other half of the tunnel.  Drivers who want to avoid possible backups and delays can head west to Fruitridge to avoid the construction zone.  The goal is to have the tunnel mostly complete by late September.

Opinion: Courtesy uncommon behind the wheel

Opinion: Courtesy uncommon behind the wheel

I don’t consider myself an old fuddy duddy at all but I am fast becoming someone who thinks a lot of us have lost any and all regard for etiquette and courtesy.

As an example, I get a little perturbed when sitting at a traffic light at Alpine and Three Mile Road NW, maybe three to four cars back, the light turns green but no one is moving and there is nothing visible in the way of traffic. Just as the light turns yellow, the lead vehicle suddenly turns right and leaves all the remaining vehicles sitting there, not able to cross Alpine. How many guesses would it take for a person to realize the lead vehicle was either on the phone or texting, completely unaware of the traffic light or anyone around them. So inconsiderate.

My Town: Online app boosts community involvement in Rapid route project

My Town: Online app boosts community involvement in Rapid route project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Researchers behind the Laker Line Study are crediting an online app for more than doubling public engagement.

The study team is using MindMixer, a customizable online survey system, to gather feedback from the community as they try to determine the future of the RAPID line connecting downtown Grand Rapids to Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus.  The route upgrade will include stops on the city’s west side and Standale.  RAPID officials say the current 50 Campus Connector route has experienced the sharpest ridership increase of any route, carrying more than 12,000 riders each weekday during the school year. 

My Town Walker: Lake Michigan Drive construction begins

My Town Walker: Lake Michigan Drive construction begins

WALKER, Mich.—  The construction cones are up on Lake Michigan Drive (M-45).

On Monday, construction crews started resurfacing the road in both directions, from Wilson Avenue to I-196.  The work is expected to lead to daily lane closures, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m through May 22.  The ramps at I-196/M-45 will also shut down for a maximum of one weekend.

The entire project isn’t expected to be complete until late July.  The work includes upgrading sidewalk ramps and improving curbs and drainage.

My Town: Public meetings Thursday about proposed Laker Line upgrades

My Town: Public meetings Thursday about proposed Laker Line upgrades

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The community is invited to find out more about proposed service upgrades to Grand Valley State University’s Laker Line during a series of presentations Thursday, April 17.

Project leaders will release updates in the bus service study during the following times:

Freedom Cruise to help veterans coming in June

Freedom Cruise to help veterans coming in June

 

PLAINFIELD TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A new event is coming to West Michigan this summer, all to benefit veterans.

 

The Freedom Cruise 2014 will take place June 25-29 and will feature car and bike events and cruises throughout West Michigan. The five-day event will be part of a fundraiser for local veterans through a new not-for-profit called Finish The Mission Veteran Relief Fund.

 

So far, the event has scheduled a Freedom Cruise on June 25 to kick off the event at Fifth Third Ballpark, featuring WLAV's Blues on the Mall and a custom car and bike show. At 7:00pm, there will be a baseball game between VetSports and Grand Rapids area police and fire personnel.

 

On Thursday, June 26th, there will be a Village Motor Festival in Sparta and on Friday, June 27th, History Channel's American Restoration, Rick & Kelly Dale will be at the Freedom Cruise Car and Bike Expo at the DeltaPlex.

 

My Town: Emergency funding to bring pothole relief to drivers

My Town: Emergency funding to bring pothole relief to drivers

KENT COUNTY, Mich.— State lawmakers are coming to the rescue of drivers trying to dodge a plethora of potholes this year.

The legislature Wednesday approved $215 million in emergency road funding,  including $115 million for priority projects and $100 million to assist with maintainence needed due to the harsh winter.    

“The additional funding is much needed to combat the brutal winter we experienced this year and to start to reverse the toll it took on Michigan’s roadways,” said Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker.  “The investment in local roads will help to limit the expenses associated with car repairs due to poor road conditions.”

The emergency funding includes nearly $1.9 million to maintain and fix Kent County’s roads.  That includes more than $235,000 for the following communities: