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My Town: Two state construction projects recognized nationally

My Town: Two state construction projects recognized nationally

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (MDOT)-- The Michigan Department of Transportation's M-231 bridge over Little Robinson Creek in Ottawa County, and the city of Grand Rapids' Plainfield Avenue reconstruction project have been selected by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as winners in the 2014 America's Transportation Awards competition.

The awards were presented today at the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) regional conference in Indianapolis. The competition was created in 2008 with the support of AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to acknowledge the performance of state departments of transportation that are leading the way in bringing high value for the public's investment. Projects nominated in this competition are making communities stronger, our economy more efficient and our quality of life better.  

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Library summer reading programs begin June 10 with Truck Petting Zoo

My Town: Library summer reading programs begin June 10 with Truck Petting Zoo

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library staff will kick off their list of summer reading programs with a Truck Petting Zoo on June 10 from 10 a.m. until noon for kids of all ages.

This program is free and held in the LDL's Fourth Street parking lot. Kids will have a chance to take an up-close look at the trucks and other vehicles used to help keep Grand Haven in good shape.

Some of the vehicles available include: an alternative fuel bus (LP gas) from Harbor Transit; a Tool Cat from Grand Haven Township; a long ladder truck - with ladder extended - and a police car from Grand Haven Dept. of Public Safety; an ambulance from North Ottawa Community Hospital; a dump truck from Ottawa County Road Commission; a motorcycle officer from Michigan State Police; and an air boat or some other type of boat from the Coast Guard.

Workers will be available to answer questions about their vehicle.

My Town: United Methodist Church of the Dunes hosts 'Blessing of the Bikes' May 25

My Town: United Methodist Church of the Dunes hosts 'Blessing of the Bikes' May 25

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.Dan Duncan, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes, will present the annual “Blessing of the Bikes” on Sunday, May 25 at 11:45 a.m. in the church parking lot at 717 Sheldon Road.

The general public is invited to attend and ride their road bicycles, tricycles, big wheels, motorcycles and scooters to obtain a special blessing.

Bikers and cyclists have attended the blessing for a number of years.  The observance is to provide prayer for safety, joy and fellowship for those cyclists sharing the roadways over the summer months as they ride throughout God’s creation. For further information, contact the church at (616) 842-7980.

My Town: United Methodist Church of the Dunes' 'Blessing of the Bikes' May 25

My Town: United Methodist Church of the Dunes' 'Blessing of the Bikes' May 25

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.Dan Duncan, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes, will present the annual “Blessing of the Bikes” on Sunday, May 25 at 11:45 a.m. in the church parking lot at 717 Sheldon Road.

The general public is invited to attend and ride their road bicycles, tricycles, big wheels, motorcycles and scooters to obtain a special blessing.

Bikers and cyclists have attended the blessing for a number of years.  The observance is to provide prayer for safety, joy and fellowship for those cyclists sharing the roadways over the summer months as they ride throughout God’s creation. For further information, contact the church at (616) 842-7980.

My Town: Bridge work leads to lane closures in Spring Lake Township

My Town: Bridge work leads to lane closures in Spring Lake Township

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  People driving through Spring Lake Township may encounter a new slowdowns starting Wednesday evening.

For the next two weeks, construction crews will be intermittently closing lanes of Taft Road under U.S. 31 for bridge work.  The closures will take place between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  The road will be completely open the rest of the time.

The work is weather dependent.

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Winter is over, which means construction season is here.

Crews began work on more than 12 miles of U.S. 31 on Monday.  Workers are resurfacing  the southbound lanes, from Ferris Street to Quincy Street. 

The project is expected to run through June.  Drivers can expect traffic slow-downs in the affected area.  Intermittent single-lane and shoulder closures are planned.  All lanes should be open from 6 a.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday and weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.