Phoenix Street Resurfacing To Begin This Week In South Haven | Local News
SOUTH HAVEN – Resurfacing of a section of Phoenix Street near the Interstate 196 interchange is scheduled to begin Monday in South Haven.
The 73rd Street to 71 1/2 Street resurfacing project will coincide with the construction of a new bike path along the north side of Phoenix Street from 73rd Street to Veterans Boulevard. The road will be an extension of the existing one along the north side of Phoenix Street from the Blue Star Freeway to 73rd Street.
City officials estimate the work will be completed in about five weeks, said Mike Dopp, an engineer with the Department of Public Works.
“The work will be carried out in stages to allow lane closures while keeping the road open to traffic with at least one lane in each direction,” he said.
The construction of the cycle path from 73rd Street to Boulevard des Vétérans is estimated at approximately $ 140,000, while the resurfacing of the road will cost $ 378,000.
To help pay for the two projects, the city, in 2020, received a federal grant for congestion alleviation and air quality and a grant for the small urban program, channeled by the Michigan Department of Transportation. for the cycle path and the financing of the small urban program for the improvement of the road. .
“The city is receiving $ 144,783 in federal funds for the bike path and $ 80,000 for the resurfacing portion of the road,” Department of Public Works director Bill Hunter said in a previous interview.
The city hopes over the next few years to make walking safer along Veterans Boulevard for Lake Michigan College students and other pedestrians by securing more grants to create a new Phoenix Street bike path at the entrance. of college.
At their Monday meeting, city council members plan to apply for a grant of $ 158,000 from MDOT’s congestion and air quality mitigation program (CMAQ) to pay for part of the work.
Council members also plan to request an additional $ 104,000 in CMAQ funds to help pay for a new bike path along Aylworth Avenue from Kalamazoo Street West to the entrance to the Van Buren Recreational Trail.
“If the grant is awarded, it will require matching of $ 171,653 for the Veterans Boulevard project and matching of $ 26,046 for the Aylworth project,” said Dopp. “If approved, these projects would be completed from 2024 to 2026.”
In the meantime, the city plans to build a cycle path along Aylworth Avenue from LaGrange Street to Kalamazoo Street to improve pedestrian safety along the road adjoining Lincoln Elementary School, South Haven High School. , Tri-County Head Start Kindergarten and a number of school and community athletic fields.
Boulevard Monroe closed Tuesday
The city’s engineering department is also advising motorists that a section of Monroe Boulevard, between Aylworth Avenue and Elkenburg Street, will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 23. temporarily closed so Jensen’s Excavating can remove asphalt / concrete and install new sanitary sewer and water service.