Raildudes dad

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    I'm a Transportation guy, highways and railroads, I also like old iron and Great Lake ships

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  1. There can't be many that actually moved for the construction of 131 unless they were just a kid back then or they are quite elderly. 131 was built in that area in 1957 - 60 years ago. I'm 67 and remember going with my dad to pick his mother up from the Dutch language service at the Netherlands Reformed church where the SB131 Leonard on ramp is today. The church was one of the last buildings left in that area. How many of those homes are still owner occupied? My wife and I lived in a 2nd story apt - owner lived downstairs on the near west side when we were first married 1975-1979. The neighborhood had lots of owner occupied homes. Same neighborhood today - lots of rental properties. If I look at the downtown area, redeveloping to the west is logical. GVSU is a big driver, the action on Bridge Street / Street area is another. So are the old factories along Seward north of bridge. If Michigan hadn't suffered the "lost decade", this would have happened 10 years ago. Most folks don't like change but nothing stays the same.
  2. According to the City Building Dept, there has been a demo order issued. Good one X99, LOL
  3. The east wall didn't look to bad before they started. Now we know who the architect was.. i looked for an engineer in the packet but couldn't find one. That might be the problem (rolls eyes). I can't believe they didn't get a demo permit but maybe the building dept said take it down, it's unsafe.
  4. Whether or not you believe it, Michigan is suffering from the lost decade Both the Engler and Granholm administrations tried borrowing to prosperity for MDOT. It didn't work and MDOT struggles due to that. The recent gas tax proposal will pay off the debt over the next 4 years and hopefully MDOT will be able to do some capacity improvements. MDOT also needs to get out of the OMNG, there's a couple cracks in the surface so it needs to be milled and filled. I just shake my head when they mill and fill a road that needs some crack sealing to get more life out of the road. MDOT had multiple buyouts of their experienced employees during the lost decade and before and it has really hurt their program. They also have some personnel issues that result in people not staying in positions for any length of time. The relative lack of experience in positions also hurts their programs.
  5. My source says they are stopping at Maryland because MDOT doesn't have the money to rebuild the interchange. Same with the I-196 over the Grand. All they are doing is foundation and pier work, nothing on the superstructure. You will never see as signature bridge if MDOT doesn't get pushed by by local gov't, the DDA or Grand Action (if they still exist) All the Mlive commenters pee and moan over raising the gas tax but that is what is needed to fix I96/I196/Beltline and many other places. And then there are those that want us all to take the bus, build BTR's and streetcars.
  6. Just going to add 3rd lane Fuller to Maryland
  7. That's exactly what should have been done if they just have to have a BRT. However, neither Byron or Gaines Township belong to the ITP so don't collect the 1.47 mills for the ITP millage.
  8. It's a different situation in SLC. It's hemmed in by mountains on the east and mountains and the Salt Lake on the west side. Development is limited to a relatively narrow corridor. Grand Rapids can develop 360 degrees from the center and traffic can enter and exit from many different corridors.
  9. There are legal processes to convert public right of ways to private ownership. Typically the governing agency ie Road Commission or city require all the adjacent property owners agree to the transfer. In the case of a platted ROW, the court splits it, half going to each owner unless the owners agree to something different.
  10. Looks like it has been properly vacated according to AccessKent. Circuit Court granted the property owners each 1/2 of the ROW. The property line goes down the middle of the "street".
  11. Shared use path means multiple uses, walking, biking, roller blading , non motorized activities. The 2 largest customers of the rail line are Amway in Ada and King Milling in Lowell. The current owner of the tracks Genesse & Wyoming who own the Grand Rapids Eastern is opposed to sharing their ROW with any trail use. Ideally, there would be trail with rail like the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail west of Meijer headquarters.
  12. Dredging to Grand Haven is not a new idea. I read someplace that wooden piling from the previous dredging is still visible in some areas. Sand bottom, water depth of 30" isn't very deep. http://www.mfhn.com/glsdb/rivers/grandriver.html#sections
  13. Mi Road funding 101 I routes were built with Federal gas tax funds and are rebuilt / widened with Federal gas tax funds. Routine maintenance is with MI gas tax funds. County roads are constructed and maintained with MI gas tax funds. They get some federal funding for projects, not maintenance. The Road Commissions do not get any property tax dollars There is some township funding for improvements but county roads are maintained primarily with MI gas tax funds. Cities get MI gas tax funds but usually supplement with city funds. MI gas taxes are a combination of tax and the pump and vehicle registrations. Goggle Mi Act 51 if you want more details:)
  14. Did you holler out, "bike on your right (or left)?" My daughter both runs and bikes (triathlon athlete) and tells me it is not usual for a biker to blow past her w/o saying anything which catches her by surprise. She will gladly move over if the bikers tell her which side they will pass.
  15. The lot closest to Metro Way is owned by Macatawa Bank, the lot closest to M-6 by Lake Michigan Credit Union