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Road Works Begins


(undated - WHTC News) - Some drivers don’t know what’s worse – snowy, icy conditions, or seemingly endless road construction.

While the former may be history for another season, the latter is just beginning, as three major projects get underway along the Lakeshore today. The most notable early work is in downtown Holland, where Pine Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, next to the site of the Holland Farmers’ Market and the Civic Center, will be shut down completely through April 19th due to what officials are calling “permanent repairs” to the large storm sewer structure in that area. Holland City Council members are expected to decide tonight which contractor’s bid will be the winning one to complete that project. Detours using Maple Avenue behind the Civic Center to get around the project are posted.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited … or long-feared, depend on one’s point of view … reconstruction of 40th Street on Holland’s South Side begins today. Workers will be tearing up the roadway from Lincoln to Washington Avenues in a three-phase effort that should last through mid-September. The first segment is from Lincoln to College Avenue, and includes underground utility replacement, along with installing new cubs, gutters, sidewalk ramps, parking bump-outs and paving. Again, more detours will be posted.

Finally, all Douglas officials will say about repairs to Water Street between Wiley Road and Center Street is that it will take place “for several weeks.” Workers will be completely rebuilding about 190 feet of road, as well as building a 175-foot-long retaining wall to support the work, in a 190 thousand-dollar project. Blue Star Highway is the recommended detour for motorists wishing to drive through the Lakeshore community.

-Gary Stevens, WHTC/WYVN News