Breton Road Closure Notice: Beginning Tuesday, July 7, Breton Avenue will be closed for at least two days between 29th and 32nd streets while CSX Railroad repairs a railroad crossing. Drivers are asked to plan ahead as the work will require a full closure with a posted detour from 29th Street to Shaffer Avenue to 32nd Street and back. Due to the deterioration of the crossing, CSX will be replacing the entire concrete crossing, ties and repaving the asphalt at that intersection. The work is expected to be completed within two days with the road reopening on the evening of Thursday, July 9, but a third day of work may be necessary for unforeseen circumstances.
Summer Street Resurfacing and Maintenance: The City of Kentwood has released its tentative road construction and maintenance schedule for the summer. A map of the 2020 Street Resurfacing and Rehabilitation Program can be viewed here. Major streets scheduled for maintenance include:
- East Paris Avenue from 52nd Street to 60th Street
- 52nd Street from Division Avenue to Kellogg Woods Drive
- 29th Street from west City limits near Breton Avenue to 28th Street
Street resurfacing and maintenance projects currently underway include:
- 44th Street from Breton Avenue to Shaffer Avenue
- Reconstruction of Roger B. Chaffee Memorial Boulevard
- Other preventative street maintenance work throughout the City, including routine street marking, crack sealing and patching
A number of neighborhood roads will receive cape seal treatments in June and July. A cape seal is a multiple component treatment designed to create a smooth surface with increased durability. Cape seal projects will take two non-consecutive days on each segment of road, and no street parking will be available while the work occurs. Affected homeowners will be informed via direct mailing.
The City aims to have its resurfacing and routine maintenance completed by the end of September. Message boards on major streets will give commuters advance notice of when closures will begin. Commuters can also receive updates via the City’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter) and website.
2020 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
44th Street Rehabilitation - Breton Ave to Shaffer Ave
April 13, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Construction Cost $1,553,000
29th Street Resurfacing - West City Limits to 28th St
July - August
Construction Cost $1,300,000
Burton and East Paris Intersection Improvements
Add right turn lane on west bound Burton and south bound East Paris and new traffic signal
August - September
Construction Cost $500,000
Roger B Chaffee Dr
Replace watermain, adding sidewalk (1 side) and delineating cul-de-sac
May - July
Construction Cost $600,000
52nd Street Reconstruction - Division Ave to Kellogg Woods Dr
Replace watermain, adding sidewalk, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer
July - October
Construction Cost $470,000
Andover St, Heyboer Ave, Sunny Creek St
May - August
Construction Cost $824,000
Concrete Pavement Repair Program
44th St and Barden
July - August
Construction Cost $150,000
***Construction cost are estimates
PASER CONDITIONS MAP
The City of Kentwood maintains one of the highest-rated major street networks in Kent County according to hard data compiled by the Grand Valley Metro Council, which is based on PASER ratings.
The PASER scale is a 1-10 rating system for road pavement condition developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Transportation Information Center. PASER uses visual inspection to evaluate pavement surface conditions. PASER ratings provide a basis for comparing the quality of roadway segments. You can view an interactive map showing Kentwood’s PASER ratings year by year here.
The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council, or TAMC, is another resource for independent, objective data on the condition of Michigan's roads and bridges and a resource for implementing the concepts of Asset Management. TAMC’s interactive maps can be found here.
To view a map of Grand Rapids area road construction, visit Grand Valley Metro Council's website.