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New construction means detour for drivers

New construction means detour for drivers

WALKER, Mich.—  A new round of construction is expected to detour drivers in Walker starting next week.

City Engineer Scot Conners says Elmridge Drive between Three Mile Road NW and Richmond Street will be closed to through traffic as construction crews resurface and reconstruct the roadway.  The project also includes adding curbs, storm sewers and sidewalks on the east side of Elmridge.

Only local traffic and emergency vehicles will be allowed to pass. Drivers are encouraged to detour onto Walker Avenue, about one mile east.

All roads should completely reopen to traffic around November 1.

City commission postpones decision on additional bus lot

City commission postpones decision on additional bus lot

WALKER, Mich.—Grand Valley State University officials are pushing for a new public Park n’ Ride lot to keep up with increasing student demand for bus service.

The operations manager of Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus says the new lot would be located at the former site of the American Metal and Stamping factory, on 4101 Lake Michigan Drive NW.   The new lot would contain 252 spaces.    The project would include expanding the city’s drainage system and adding a privacy fence and landscaping for the benefit of nearby homeowners.  LED lighting would also need to be added.

GVSU and The Rapid would pay for the project using a $360,000 federal grant.  GVSU would maintain the space, which would be located next to the Standale Park n’ Ride lot. 

However, before work could even begin, GVSU and The Rapids would need to get a special permit from the city, as well as site plan approval.  During their meeting June 24

City considers adding a roundabout at Wilson and Remembrance

City considers adding a roundabout at Wilson and Remembrance

WALKER, Mich.— Michigan has more than 100 roundabouts, and soon the city of Walker may have another.

The city  is teaming up with the Michigan Department of Transportation to look into the possibility of creating a roundabout at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Remembrance Road.

The area is being considered for reconstruction because it is heavily used by vehicles traveling at high speeds, is not a traditional 90 degree intersection, and has a state trunk line (M-11) that changes direction.

The city and MDOT began considering plans to improve safety and relieve congestion at Wilson and Remembrance last year. The proposed roundabout would likely be created as part of MDOT’s M-11 resurfacing project for 2015.

 The city is also considering creating a grand entrance to Walker at the roundabout. For more information about the proposed project, contact the Walker Engineering Department at (616) 791-6792 or MDOT at (517) 373-2090.

WAVE Award nominations open

WAVE Award nominations open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have opened the 6th Annual WAVE Award nominations.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from employers and guests from April 30 to Oct.7, 2013. One award will be presented in each of the following categories: Transportation, Retail & Service, Attractions/Events, and Nightlife. New categories to the 2013 awards program include: Restaurants/Breweries, Lodging, and Volunteer in Hospitality.

Public meeting for Kent County road projects

Drivers may soon experience more traffic backups on a busy Kent County corridor.

The Grand Valley Metro Council wants to resurface Alpine Avenue NW, between Leonard Street and just beyond 4 Mile Road NW.  The construction proposals for 2014 to 2017 also include adding turn lanes, resconstructing and resurfacing portions of  4 mile Road  NW between Fruit Ridge Avenue NW and Alpine Avenue NW.  The Metro Council has already posted a ma

Rapid restores bus service to several Walker locations

WALKER, Mich. --- The Rapid has restored bus service to several Walker locations.

According to the Walker city newsletter, a request by the Walker city commission sparked the change.  Rapids buses will now stop at Walker City Hall, the district court, Walker Ice & Fitness Center and the Walker branch of the Kent District Library.  The Rapid reconfigured its route up Remembrance Road to allow for the extra stops.  The change comes at no additional cost to taxpayers.

The new service runs only on weekdays.  Anyone with questions can call the Rapid at (616) 776-1100.

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