Published on November 14, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The community gathered today to celebrate the environmentally friendly design of a recently completed Eastown neighborhood road project.
The work on Atlas Avenue SE and Lake Drive SE features permeable block pavers that allow stormwater to pass through a gravel base to the soil underneath. The environmentally friendly stretch of Atlas goes from Wealthy Street SE to Lake Drive SE. The Lake Drive section is located between Richard Terrace SE and Atlas Avenue SE.
To demonstrate Atlas Avenue’s new infiltration capabilities, city officials, Eastown neighbors and business owners celebrated the roads’ official opening by pouring water directly on the Atlas surface.
City engineers, with input from the Eastown neighborhood and business associations, designed and constructed the two roads using many green features. While the City has used pavers in the parking lanes on other streets, this is the first city street that features pavers for the entire surface.
The project included:
“The neighborhood input was invaluable and made the end results much better,” said Rick DeVries, assistant city engineer. “For example, the driveway approaches added to both sides of Atlas and the narrowing of Atlas near Wealthy came about after neighbors voiced concerns about cut-through and speeding traffic on Atlas. Their input made the street more pedestrian-friendly.”
The City’s Sewer, Water, Vital Streets and Capital Improvement funds underwrote the $1.1 million project.
Updates on all Grand Rapids Vital Streets projects are available HERE or by calling 311 or 616.456.3000.