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Thornapple River draw down dates are near

Thornapple River draw down dates are near

CASCADE, MI - The Cascade Dam autumn draw down will be October 5th through 9th.  The water level of the Thornapple River above the dam will be lowered about four feet.  This gives property owns the opportunity to remove their docks, clear out fallen trees and other debris, and repair seawalls. 

The operators of Cascade Dam hold draw downs in the spring and fall.

Free admission to Frederik Meijer Gardens

A premier Grand Rapids museum is opening its doors to the public for free.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will provide free admission to Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch cardholders on October 1 and October 2, and November 5 and November 6.  It’s part of Museums on Us, a program providing free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide.

The cardholder is limited to one free general admission.  Fund-raising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows are excluded.

For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

Volunteers needed for river cleanup

Volunteers needed for river cleanup

ADA, MI - Ada Township's Parks and Recreation Department and the Thornapple River Watershed Council are rallying volunteers, local landowners and boaters to help remove trash and debris from along the banks and in the Thornapple River and Grand River during this year's Annual River Clean-Up Day, Saturday, September 17, 2011.

We encourage church, community and service groups, as well as individuals to participate. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Volunteers may join in a "land team" to walk along the shores or a "water team" to be on the river in their canoes, kayak or other boat. All volunteers should pre-register with the coordinating agencies prior to the River Clean-Up Day to coordinate supplies and logistics.

Ada Township's Parks and Recreation Department is focusing its efforts to help clean up sections of Thornapple River and the Grand River that flow through Ada Township.

M-21 Bridge Project is behind schedule

M-21 Bridge Project is behind schedule

ADA, MI - Unusually-high water levels on the Grand River have resulted in a number of lost work days on the M-21 bridge project throughout the spring and summer months. A total of 40 days on pier work in the river have been lost due to high water levels, including, most recently, the period between July 30 and August 5. As a result, the project is about 6 weeks behind the original schedule, which called for completion of the new bridge deck by the end of November, 2011.

MDOT is working with the contractor to find ways to make up the lost time. If this can’t be accomplished, it is likely that completion of the bridge deck and opening it to traffic will be delayed until April - May 2012, unless favorable weather conditions allow pouring of concrete pavement to take place during the winter months.

Source:  The AdaView

Cascade Road under repair today

Cascade Road under repair today

CASCADE, MI - Road crews have parts of Cascade Road SE in Cascade shut down for repair work this morning between Hall Street and Burton Street.  Both the eastbound and westbound center lanes and the center turn lanes are closed as workers replace sections of asphalt in poor condition.  The work should be completed later today.  The right lanes in both directions were repaired earlier this month.

I-96 Ramp Closures at Cascade Road

I-96 Ramp Closures at Cascade Road

FOREST HILLS - The Michigan Department of Transportation will be closing the on-ramp from eastbound Cascade Road to westbound I-96 tomorrow (Saturday) for repairs.  The closure begins at 7am and the ramp should reopen at 5pm tomorrow.

 

Detour:  

Continue east on Cascade Road, then north on Forest Hills Ave, then west on M-21 to the on-ramp to westbound I-96.

Then on Monday, MDOT will close the on-ramp from westbound Cascade Road to westbound I-96 from August 29 until September 23.

 

Detour:  

Continue west on Cascade Road to the on-ramp from eastbound Cascade Road to westbound I-96 and turn right onto the ramp.

Map:

Repairs will begin soon on Cascade pathways

Repairs will begin soon on Cascade pathways

CASCADE, MI – Cascade will be repairing pathways at several locations in the township.  The township awarded a bid of $41,000 to A-1 Asphalt. 

Pathways to be repaired:

  • 1,000 foot section of the 5,000 block along Cascade Road SE
  • Large section along Burton Road between Spaulding and Kraft
  • Sections along Thorapple River Drive and Kraft Road

These pathways are part of an extensive non-motorized trail system for walkers, runners, and bicyclists in Cascade Township.