Hall Street-Grand Rapids, Michigan
Hall Street in Grand Rapids is a busy roadway that connects people and neighborhoods to residential homes, commercial properties, places of worship, and everything in between. The City planned for a major upgrade to the road surface and utilized the services offered by Wightman.
Our firm provided design engineering, surveying, and landscape architecture services for approximately 0.77 miles of roadway reconstruction on Hall Street from Kalamazoo Avenue to Sylvan Avenue. This project consists of construction staking, HMA surface removal, machine grading, concrete curb and gutter removal and replacement, aggregate base, HMA surfacing, concrete sidewalk removal and replacement, storm sewer modifications, water main and water service replacements, landscaping, trees, permanent pavement markings and signage and Green Infrastructure consisting of permeable pavers in the parking areas and rain gardens, using native plantings.
Through the coordination of City staff and the residents along the corridor, a consensus was made to convert the roadway from a two-lane roadway with parallel parking to a two-lane roadway with bike lanes on each side and a parking lane on the south side of the roadway. The parking was inset through the use of curb bulb-outs that provided protected parking but also narrowed Hall Street to reduce the pedestrian crossing length. The needs for parking were evaluated through the completion of a parking survey. Due to the road reconstruction, there were significant utility relocations required.
The result of the year-long project is a smooth, safe, and significantly upgrade travel corridor for those traveling through Grand Rapids.