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2018 Street and Bridge Improvements



2018 Sidewalk Preservation Project-

The 2018 Sidewalk Project Preservation Project is an effort to repair all sidewalks in the City that have been rated as poor to very poor.

Project Map

Preliminary Design Summary 

Highlights from the 2017 Engineering Department Annual Report

The work performed by the Engineering Department includes utility reviews in conjunction with land use, right-of-way permits, stormwater and soil erosion permits, along with maintaining historical information, traffic counting, studies and design, construction engineering and contract administration work related to various service areas. The Department maintains historic records for City utility locations including sanitary sewer, watermain and storm sewer.  The Department participates and works in several areas and is involved with projects identified in the Public Improvement Plan. These activities are listed below.

  • Ordinance Compliance
  • Economic Development Projects
  • Regional Bridge Council and Bridge Scour Committee (MDOT)
  • Regional Transportation Planning and Traffic Assessment (TTCI)
  • Sidewalk Improvements
  • Bike Paths and Trails
  • Street Reconstruction and Resurfacing
  • Storm Water Quality Sewer and Water Systems
  • Budgeted Capital Improvements
  • Bridge and Dam Inspections
  • City Infrastructure Projects
  • Grand Traverse Commons Infrastructure
  • Bayfront Improvements

South Cass Street Bridge- 

The rehabilitation of the South Cass Street bridge includes repairing existing earth filled concrete arch and restoring concrete sidewalk and aesthetic balustrade railing on existing foundations. MDOT crash tested and approved the bridge railing detail painted black along the sidewalk edge with historic balustrade pedestrian railing.  A  storm water treatment was installed in 2007. The repairs will create an extension of  the traditional downtown Traverse City streetscape elements to the Riverwalk access stairs in the southwest quadrant, including pedestrian scale  lighting.

West Front Street Bridge-

The West Front Street bridge project will include  replacing the existing bridge and its foundation. The length will be increased from 58’ to 65’. This project will also extend the traditional downtown streetscape elements to Hall street, including pedestrian scale lighting and a mid-block cross walk on the east side. MDOT crash tested and approved the bridge railing detail painted black with the aesthetic  treatment at the ends and mid-span. A pedestrian railing will be included when approaching the bridge. Access steps in the north-east quadrant will lead to the boardwalk beneath the east side of the bridge.

Park Street Streetscape- 

The Park Street Streetscape project is a multiple phase project, stretching over different streets. On the Park Street North portion of the alley, some of the improvements include irrigation, phone and electrical utilities, brick pavers, and concrete work. 

On the South Portion of the Park Street alley, the same improvements from the North side were implemented on the South. In addition, there was asphalt  paving on the base and top course. 

The Front Street portion of Park street included mobilization traffic control, brick pavers on both side of the streets, and more.

Centre Street Sidewalk Project-

From Woodmere Avenue to Fern Street on Centre Street, new sidewalks were constructed. Some steps in this project’s process included:

  • Mobilization/traffic control
  • Tree removal
  • Stump removal
  • Concrete curb and gutter replacement
  • Existing ramps upgraded to ADA Compliant
  • Concrete sidewalks
  • Site preparation, clean up and restoration
  • 4 inch screened topsoil, seed fertilizer and mulch
  • Retaining wall construction

Traffic Counts and Studies-

An Engineering Department intern gathered Traffic Data from June to September.

  • 124 locations were counted for average daily traffic
  • 36 locations for speed
  • 21 locations for classifications
  • 8 locations for pedestrians
  • 12 locations for stop warrants
  • 1 location for a signal warrant
  • Trip timing study


Right-of-way- 332
Stormwater Run-off Control- 20
Soil Erosion- 47

In Street Pedestrian Crosswalk Sign Program-

The in-street signs increased the compliance of the local “Stop for Pedestrians” law in the city. The program has expanded to include 25 crossings in 2017, 19 of which are seasonal.

7th Street Contra-flow Bike Lane-

The contra-flow bike lane that begins at the intersection of 7th Street/Division Street is  second one in the state of  Michigan. Bicyclists are able to go East, as the cars are able to go West down the one way street. This gives bicyclists better east-west mobility.

Highlights from the 2016 Engineering Department Annual Report

Sidewalk Projects:

2016 Gap and Infill locations:

  • Grandview Parkway
  • W Front Street
  • Hastings Street
  • Lake Ave
  • Cass Street

2016 Sidewalk Repair locations:

  • E 10th Street
  • N Cedar Street

Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S):

Helped initiate the process to participate in the program to encourage walking and bicycling to school for 10 area schools

Pine Street Pedestrian Bridge

The Pine Street Pedestrian Bridge connects West Front Street to the Warehouse District by spanning the Boardman River. The nearly $1,063,000 project includes the pedestrian bridge, plaza areas, landscaping, lighting and electrical undergrounding.

The pedestrian bridge has been planned since at least 1997 when it was included in the TIF-97 (Tax Increment Financing) development plan and is an outgrowth of the 1994 City Plan.

The project serves several purposes:

  1. Enhanced pedestrian connectivity joining the Warehouse District with Front Street
  2. 2. Help maximize the usefulness of the future planned parking structure on West Front Street.
  3. 3. Carry the electrical lines for TCLP and complete the overhead to underground conversion for this area.

Garland Street Reconstruction Project

The new street, designed by Fleis and VandenBrink, located in the Warehouse District, connects Garland Street from Hall Street to Union Street. The nearly $1,880,000 project includes the stamped and colored concrete street, plaza areas, on-street parking, landscaping, lighting, underground utilities and street furniture. Garland Street is Traverse City’s first urban curb-less shared street. Design principles that were agreed upon during the project’s planning stage were implemented including:

  • Provide effective mix of pedestrians, bicycles, autos and delivery vehicles
  • Utilize warehouse character in design
  • Slow vehicular speeds
  • Effective short and long term maintenance

Pavement Preservation Project:

The Engineering and Street Departments evaluated the cost effectiveness of different Capital Preventative Maintenance (CPM) techniques to improve pavement conditions.

Two CPM techniques, crush, shape and resurface and cold milling and resurfacing were selected for the 2016 Pavement Preservation Project for the 16 locations

Funding for the Pavement Preservation project was from the Road Commission funds provided from the 2013 voter approved Street, Roads, Highways, Bridges Repair and Improvement Millage.

Paving and Resurfacing Projects:

Over $1 million in Paving and Resurfacing Projects were implemented in 2016 in 3 locations:

  1. State Street between Boardman Avenue and Railroad Avenue- street reconstruction, watermain replacement, sanitary sewer replacement, curb and gutter replacement, sidewalk replacement and related restoration work.
  2. Franklin Street between E. Front Street and Washington Street- street reconstruction, sanitary sewer replacement, curb and gutter replacement, sidewalk replacement and related restoration work.
  3. W. Ninth Street between Union Street and Pine Street- street reconstruction, watermain replacement, curb and gutter replacement, sidewalk replacement and related restoration work.


In 2016, design and engineering for four bridges was underway.

The 4 bridges are:

  1. West Front Street Bridge Replacement
  2. South Cass Street Bridge Repair
  3. Park Street Bridge Repair
  4. Eighth Street Bridge Repair

The majority of funding for the bridge projects comes from the MDOT Local Bridge Program and requires a 5% local match and for the City to perform engineering services.

SAW Grant Stormwater Management Plan:

City Engineering’s focus as part of the City’s SAW grant is on the desired Level of Service for the stormwater system, review of the City’s Stormwater Ordinance, Chapter 1068 of our Code of Ordinances and the corresponding guidelines, and on Water Quality Objectives.

Level of Service- The City conducted a flooding survey in 2015 and with more than 1050 responses flooding concerns were noted on 25% of the respondents.

Stormwater Ordinance Chapter 1068 and Guidelines - The Stormwater Ordinance and Guidelines originated in 1991 and the SAW Grant offers the opportunity to review them and consider revisions and updates.

Water Quality Objectives- The purpose and objectives of our stormwater ordinance should be reviewed and related to our overall water quality goals.

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This page last updated on 11/7/2018.