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Renovated bridge reopens in Spring Lake

Renovated bridge reopens in Spring Lake

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The bridge over Jerusalem Bayou is back open to the public.

Construction crews recently finished improvements to the West Spring Lake Road bridge.  The work included building a new concrete deck, installing new beams and adding an eight foot wide sidewalk and bridge railing.

Anlaan Corporation was in charge of the improvements, with the state picking up 95 percent of the cost.  The state covered about 43 percent of the sidewalk construction by Triangle Excavators.

North Shore Road project approved by City Council

North Shore Road project approved by City Council

FERRYSBURG, Mich.--- The Ferrysburg City Council is giving the green light to renovations to North Shore Road.

Present city council members unanimously approved the project plans August 19.  Three city council members were absent during the vote.

The work will be done by Moore & Bruggink, Inc.  The project involves resurfacing North Shore Road around Coast Guard Park to North Beach Park.  Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger says the project will likely begin in either spring 2015 or fall 2015, when tourism is dying down.  The work will likely take six to eight weeks and lead to one-lane closures on North Shore Road.

Proposed millage would fund two new bike paths

Proposed millage would fund two new bike paths

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—Ferrysburg City Council members plan to work out the details of a proposed millage for two new bike trails Monday night.

Earlier this year, the city council approved putting the proposed millage on the ballot for the election November 5.  The property tax would be a half-mill over ten years.  Money generated by the millage would fund bike trails on North Shore Road from 174th Avenue to North Beach Park and 168th Avenue from Spring Lake Road to Van Wagoner Road.  Both bike paths would connect to already existing trails.

For more information about the proposed millage, pick up a brochure at the Ferrysburg City Hall front desk during regular business hours.

North Shore Road project proposal goes before City Council

North Shore Road project proposal goes before City Council

FERRYSBURG, Mich.--- An engineer will present his proposed plans to resurface North Shore Road during Monday’s city council meeting.

Steve Groenenboom of Moore & Bruggink, Inc. will lead the presentation during the 7:30 p.m. meeting.  The city council may then decide whether to approve the project, which would be slated for 2015.

The work will involve resurfacing North Shore Road from around Coast Guard Park to North Beach Park.  Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger says the project will likely begin in either spring or fall, when tourism is dying down.  The work will likely take six to eight weeks and lead to one-lane closures on North Shore Road.

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents will have one last chance to weigh in on who should handle county roads Tuesday, August 13.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the responsibility of county roads and public utilities.  Michigan is the only state to still have road commissions.  Last month, the Board of Commissioners released nearly a year’s worth of research and findings by The Road Commission Task Force.  The task force’s three proposed plans include:

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents are encouraged to weigh in on plans to handle county roads Tuesday, July 23.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the responsibility of county roads and public utilities.  Michigan is the only state to still have road commissions.  Last week, the Board of Commissioners released nearly a year’s worth of research and findings by The Road Commission Task Force.  The task force’s three proposed plans include:

The history of the Great Lakes ferry system at Loutit District Library July 18

The history of the Great Lakes ferry system at Loutit District Library July 18

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Lake Michigan Railroad ferries essentially created rails across Lake Michigan from Michigan ports including Grand Haven and Muskegon.

The Michigan railroads involved included Ann Arbor, Grand Trunk Western, and Pere Marquette-Chesapeake and Ohio.

Caledonia resident, Tom Buettner, will discuss those topics and more on July 18 at the Loutit District Library as he presents “Rails Across Lake Michigan” at 7 p.m. Buettner’s presentation will feature slides of vintage postcards and photos that describe the rise and fall of these great ferry systems. The program, held in LDL’s Program Room A, is approximately one hour in length and is appropriate for all ages.

Buettner has been giving his programs to West Michigan communities for 22 years, addressing a multitude of topics.