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by John Travis
Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Dave Courtad, City Garage Superintendent, (231) 922-4900 ext.111        

City Garage

Surplus Vehicle Sales

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Garage has started posting all surplus City vehicles for sale on the website Public Surplus.

The web address is: http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/traversecity,mi/browse/home

If you have any questions regarding the sale of used City vehicles please email Dave Courtad.

by Katelyn Stroven
Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Subject: NEW CITY MANAGER FOR TRAVERSE CITY APPOINTED AND CONTRACT APPROVED

From: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk

Issued: May 28, 2015

At their Special Meeting today, May 28, 2015, the City Commission, unanimously, on a 7-0 vote appointed Martin Colburn as City Manager for Traverse City and approved an employment agreement with Mr. Colburn.

Mr. Colburn will begin his service once he can transition from his current role in Mason, Michigan and once he subscribes to the Oath of Office for City Manager. 

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by Missy Luick
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Alexander R. Yockey, P.E.

                        Civil Engineer II

UNION ST. DAM

WATERMAIN REPAIR

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Elmer’s Crane and Dozer will be replacing the failed watermain over the Union St. dam. The project will begin Monday June 1, 2015 and is expected to be finished by June 5th.

The area, including the pedestrian walkway crossing the dam and access to the dam spillways, will be closed to the public.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).

by John Travis
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Larry LaCross, Asset Management/GIS Analyst, (231) 922-4900

City Storm Water Sewer

Televising and Inspection 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Department of Public Services will be overseeing Storm water sewer televising and inspection work at various locations around the City.  Locations that will require more extensive traffic control and partial lane closures include:  Grandview Parkway, Division Street, Fourteenth Street, Veterans Drive, Cass Street, Lake Street, Railroad Avenue, Woodmere Avenue, Hannah Avenue, Garfield Avenue, East Eighth Street, Peninsula Drive, Carver Street and the Downtown area. The work is expected to begin on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and will consist of storm water structure inspection and surveying.  The work will be done by contractors and city crews working together to minimize the disruption to traffic flow.

Please use caution and patience in these areas to reduce congestion, delay and promote worker safety.  Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Larry LaCross, Asset Management/GIS Analyst, (231) 922-4900 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

by Stevie Murray
Friday, May 22, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two New Water Bottle Filling Stations in Downtown Traverse City – Thank you Traverse City Tourism

Contact: Katie Stroven, Deputy City Clerk kstroven@traversecitymi.gov

The City of Traverse City would like to thank Traverse City Tourism for sponsoring two additional water bottle filling stations in Downtown Traverse City! Their generous donation has allowed for the purchase and placement of water bottle filling stations in the Jay Smith Walkway and at the corner of Union Street and State Street.

Other sponsors include the National Cherry Festival (Grandview Parkway and Union Street), Hagerty (Open Space), CH2M HILL (F&M Park), Mayor Michael Estes and Rhonda Estes (Grand Traverse Area Veterans Memorial Park), and an additional donor, who wishes to remain anonymous (Volleyball Courts near the Open Space). We have also had various other donations from individuals in our community to help support this great initiative.

These water bottle filling stations allow users to enjoy fresh water using the fountain or by filling their reusable water bottles, protecting our gorgeous natural resources! The City invites everyone to stop by these locations for some clean, fresh water!

If you are interested in sponsoring a water bottle filling station, locations for additional stations have been identified. It is the vision of the City Commission and the staff of the City of Traverse City to see stations available in every park and various other locations within the City. If you are interested in funding a station or wish to make a tax deductible gift, please send your contribution to: City of Traverse City, c/o Katie Stroven, Deputy City Clerk, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan 49684.
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by Missy Luick
Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468 

BIRCHWOOD AVE. AND KEWAUNEE DR.

INTERSECTION RECONSTRUCTION

5/26/2015 TO 6/12/2015

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and ATP Precision Paving will be reconstructing the intersection of Birchwood Ave. and Kewaunee Dr. beginning May 26th. The project is expected to be finished by June 12, 2015. Work includes removing the existing pavement, installing storm sewer and resurfacing the intersection with hot mix asphalt.

Birchwood Ave. and Kewaunee Dr., at the intersection, will be reduced to one lane during the day with flag control.

Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and promote worker safety. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census). 

by Missy Luick
Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468    

14th St. Sidewalk Construction

5/22 – 5/29/2015

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Hallmark Construction will be constructing new concrete sidewalk ramps at the intersection of 14th St. and Maple St. The project will start Friday May 22 and is expected to be finished by May 29. The sidewalks will remain open through the weekend. Two way traffic on 14th St. will be maintained. Lane shifts and shoulder closures will be utilized during the day to facilitate the work.

Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and promote worker safety. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census). 

by John Travis
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

625 Woodmere Avenue

Traverse City MI 49686

(231) 922-4901

(231) 941-7716 fax

The City of Traverse City

Department of Public Services

May 20, 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:           Robert Becker, Streets Supervisor, (231) 922-4901 ext. 119

 

EIGHTH AND UNION Street Construction

 MANHOLE RECONSTRUCTION

(RE-SCHEDULED DUE TO EMERGENCY WORK ON ELMWOOD AVENUE)

                                   

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that the City of Traverse City Street Department will be making manhole and road repairs at the intersection of Eighth and Union Streets. This work is expected to begin May 21st and be completed by May 22nd, weather permitting.

 

The work will require periodic lane closures until the work is completed. Every effort will be made to maintain access to residents and businesses of this area. Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and inconvenience for your travels. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work areas.

 

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Robert Becker at 922-4901 ext. 119 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

 

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).

by John Travis
Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

 

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:           Mark Jones, Streets Department Superintendent, 231-922-4901

 

 

South Elmwood Avenue

Road Closure and Repair

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Streets Department

South Elmwood Avenue will be closed from the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Eleventh Street north to Campus Drive from Monday afternoon (5/18/15) through Wednesday, May 20th due to the need for emergency underground storm water system repairs.

Hospital traffic on Division Street should avoid Eleventh Street and use Sixth Street to access Munson Medical Center and other medical facilities during this closure period.

The work will require periodic lane closures until the work is completed. Every effort will be made to maintain access to residents and businesses of this area. Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and inconvenience for your travels. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work areas.

 

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Mark Jones at 922-4901 ext. 112 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

by John Travis
Monday, May 18, 2015

Contact: Robert Becker, Streets Supervisor, (231) 922-4901 ext. 119

EIGHTH AND UNION Street Construction Manhole Reconstruction              

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that the City of Traverse City Street Department will be making manhole and road repairs at the intersection of Eighth and Union Streets. This work is expected to begin May 19th and be completed by May 20th, weather permitting.

The work will require periodic lane closures until the work is completed. Every effort will be made to maintain access to residents and businesses of this area. Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and inconvenience for your travels. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work areas.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Robert Becker at 922-4901 ext. 119 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).

by Missy Luick
Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468      

ALLEY CLOSURE

5/20/2015 TO 5/29/2015

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and ATP Precision Paving will be paving the alley south of Grove St. between Grant St. and Bates St. The project will start Wednesday May 20, 2015 and is expected to be substantially completed by May 29, 2015. Work includes supplementing the existing gravel sub base, grading and paving with hot mix asphalt. This alley will be closed to all through traffic for the duration of the project.

Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and promote worker safety. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census). 

by John Travis
Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

 

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:           Mark Jones, Streets Department Superintendent, 231-922-4901

 

 

South Elmwood Avenue

Road Closure and Repair

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Streets Department

South Elmwood Avenue will be closed from the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Eleventh Street north to Campus Drive from Monday afternoon (5/18/15) through Wednesday, May 20th due to the need for emergency underground storm water system repairs.

Hospital traffic on Division Street should avoid Eleventh Street and use Sixth Street to access Munson Medical Center and other medical facilities during this closure period.

The work will require periodic lane closures until the work is completed. Every effort will be made to maintain access to residents and businesses of this area. Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and inconvenience for your travels. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work areas.

 

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Mark Jones at 922-4901 ext. 112 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

by Missy Luick
Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468          

SANTO ST. CLOSURE

5/20/2015 TO 5/29/2015

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and ATP Precision Paving will be paving Santo St. north of Baldwin St. and the alley between Santo St. and Barlow St. The project will start Wednesday May 20, 2015 and is expected to be substantially completed by May 29, 2015. Work includes installing a new gravel sub base, grading and paving with hot mix asphalt. This segment of Santo St. and the alley will be closed to all through traffic for the duration of the project.

Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and promote worker safety. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census). 

by Missy Luick
Friday, May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468   

US 31 (N. Division St.) Lane Closure

5/18 – 5/22/2015

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Hallmark Construction will be constructing sidewalk along the east side of US 31 (N. Division St.) between Bay St. and Randolph St. where none exist. The project is scheduled to begin Monday May 18th, 2015 and is expected to be finished May 22nd. The eastern northbound lane of US 31 will be closed to traffic during the day between Bay St. and Randolph St.

Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census). 

by Katelyn Stroven
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Subject: CITY MANAGER FINALIST NAMED    

From: Benjamin C. Marentette, City Clerk

Issued: May 13, 2015

At their special meeting today, the City Commission, by a 4-3 vote, selected Martin Colburn as a finalist for the position of City Manager.   The City Commission also appointed a subcommittee of the City Commission to negotiate a proposed employment agreement with Mr. Colburn for future City Commission authorization.   Mayor Michael Estes, Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Budros and Commissioner Jeanine Easterday were appointed to that Committee; Commissioner Easterday will serve as chair.

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by Missy Luick
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468

           

US 31 Lane Closure

5/14 – 5/15/2015

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City, Michigan Department of Transportation and Hallmark Construction are reconstructing the concrete traffic island at the northwest corner of US 31 (Munson Ave.) and E. 8th St. Due to unforeseen existing conditions the project is now expected to be completed May 15th. The southern eastbound lane of US 31 will remain closed to traffic during the day west of the traffic signal. Right turns onto E. 8th St. will be prohibited.

Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

 

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule. 

by Missy Luick
Friday, May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468

           

West Front Street Reconstruction:  Phase 2

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Crawford Contracting, Inc. will complete Phase 1 of the 2015 West Front St. Reconstruction Project on Monday, May 11, 2015. The project limits are on West Front Street extending between Division Street and Hall Street. The project includes replacing all pavements including sidewalks. New 8” dia. water main will be installed between Division Street and Hall Street. Additional project elements include curb bump outs at the intersections, two mid-block crosswalks, bike lanes, street trees, tree grates, bollards and banner poles. The $2,289,686 beautification project is aimed at transforming the corridor to achieve more of a downtown aesthetic.

During construction, two-way traffic will be maintained for as long as possible. The project will be constructed in four phases. The following is a brief description of Phase 2:

Phase 2 – May 11th to June 10th:

  • Two-way traffic will be maintained in the north half of the street with daily lane shifts as needed.
  • Contractor will remove enough pavements to install the water main, “short side” water service leads and storm sewer in the south half of the street.
  • Contractor will maintain pedestrian access for businesses. Sidewalk detours will be utilized where necessary.
  • After installation of the water main and storm sewer remaining pavements will be removed and new curb and sidewalks will be constructed.
  • After installation of the curb and sidewalks the south half of the street will be paved with the asphalt base course.

Information on additional phases will be provided as each phase is completed. Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and promote worker safety. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census). 

by Missy Luick
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 4, 2015

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           John McWethy, Public Services Assistant, (231) 922-4467              

       400 Block Cass St. Partial Closure

Cass Street will be Partially closed to all traffic

May 11th thru May 16th 2015

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Socks Construction will be closing the Southbound lane of Cass Street between Eighth Street and Lake Street for streetscape improvements. This partial closure will take place periodically from May 11th thru May 16th 2015 and will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

The work will require the Street and sidewalk to be partially closed to all traffic while the work is being done.            

Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and inconvenience for your travels. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work areas.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call John McWethy at 922-4467 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).

by Missy Luick
Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

 

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Missy Luick, City of Traverse City, Planning and Engineering Assistant, (231) 922-4778

Trail Ribbon Cutting Planned

Boardman Lake Trail: May 8

TRAVERSE CITY-  The City of Traverse City plans to celebrate the completion of two trail projects: Boardman Lake Trail and West End Beach Trail and Access Project on May 8 and May 15 respectively. The community is invited to attend both ribbon cutting events to commemorate the completion of these important projects. Both projects are great additions to the Traverse City recreation and transportation network.

Boardman Lake Trail:  May 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, May 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m., the extension of the Boardman Lake Trail will be celebrated. Representatives from the City of Traverse City, Grand Traverse County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Michigan Department of Natural Resources will speak at the event. The event will take place at the new recreation area that can be accessed from Lake Avenue. On-street parking is available. Bike racks are located at the recreation area.

The Boardman Lake Trail project extends the existing multi-use trail to 14th Street and includes both a trail along the lakefront and an upland trail for an approximate total of 4,400 linear feet of new trail. The project included the creation of a small lakefront recreation area with a gazebo, seating, deck and floating dock with kayak/canoe watercraft launch. In addition, the project includes a trail connection to Lake Avenue that links Old Towne and Central neighborhoods to the Boardman Lake Trail and recreation area.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).

by Missy Luick
Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Missy Luick, City of Traverse City, Planning and Engineering Assistant, (231) 922-4778

               Pat Doher, SmithGroupJJR, Senior Vice President, (734) 669-2766

Traverse City Public Pier

Project Presentation: May 4

TRAVERSE CITY-  The City of Traverse City is moving forward through the design process for the proposed public pier and the project team will present the Design Development plans at the City Commission meeting on Monday, May 4, 2015 in the Commission Chambers at the Governmental Center, located at 400 Boardman Avenue.

A public open house will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers. The public is invited to review the Design Development documents and the consultant team will be present to answer questions and gather feedback from the public on the current design.

Please visit http://tcpublicpier.com for the latest news and meeting notices.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).

by Missy Luick
Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Missy Luick, City of Traverse City, Planning and Engineering Assistant, (231) 922-4778

 

Trail Ribbon Cuttings Planned

Boardman Lake Trail: May 8

West End Beach Trail and Access Project: May 15

TRAVERSE CITY-  The City of Traverse City plans to celebrate the completion of two trail projects: Boardman Lake Trail and West End Beach Trail and Access Project on May 8 and May 15 respectively. The community is invited to attend both ribbon cutting events to commemorate the completion of these important projects. Both projects are great additions to the Traverse City recreation and transportation network.

West End Beach Trail and Access Project: May 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, May 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m., the West End Beach Trail and Access Project will be celebrated. Representatives from the City of Traverse City, Michigan Department of Transportation and Slabtown Neighborhood Association will speak at the event. The event will take place at the trail terminus on the north side of Grandview Parkway. Public parking is available at the West End Beach parking lot or along Bay Street. Bike racks are located along the trail.

The project includes the extension of a non-motorized trail along the north side of M-72/West Grandview Parkway from the parking lot at West End Beach to Elmwood Avenue, a distance of approximately 1,285 feet; a pedestrian crossing of M-72/West Grandview Parkway near the alignment of Elmwood Avenue connecting the trail extension with neighborhoods and trail networks to the south. North of the trail crossing intersection, a small viewing platform and ramped access to the beach were constructed. The project included investments to improve water quality including a stormwater treatment structure and the elimination of the direct discharge from the parking lot. Additional project components include: beach access quarried rock steps in two locations, site landscaping, irrigation systems, furniture and solar/wind hybrid streetlights.