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Bike rack art in Ada

Bike rack art in Ada

ADA, MI - It looks like a sculpture, but it’s more than artwork.  It also serves as a bike rack.  You can find it in downtown Ada.  This eye-catching  Michigan-made bicycle rack was installed by Ada Township as part of the recent Bronson Street re-paving and streetscape project, according to Planning Director Jim Ferro. The "Bike Petal" was designed by Pete Lazdins and Vern Ohlman, both principals at the Grand Rapids architectural firm Design Plus, and is fabricated by ACEMCO, an ISO-certified contract manufacturer in Spring Lake.

The township and Ada Bike Shop provided the financing for the bike rack installation.  If you’re not sure how to get your bike into this unique structure, check out the instructions on the bike rack.

Source:  www.Ada.mi.us

M 21 Bridge in Ada nearing completion

M 21 Bridge in Ada nearing completion

ADA, MI -  The M-21 Bridge, spanning the Grand River in Ada, is nearly finished.  The fourth traffic lane on the bridge should be finished the last week of September, according to the current MDOT construction schedule.

Workers are in the process of removing the temporary bridge across the river.  MDOT says the removal of traffic barriers and restoration of the eastbound turn lane onto M-21 from Pettis Avenue is anticipated by mid-October, and all equipment should be removed from the site by Tuesday, October.  There may be temporary lane closures while the work is completed.

Ada Township is planning to place fill and establish finish grades for the non-motorized trail connections to the pedestrian/bicycle path on the new bridge in coordination with the completion of the bridge this fall.

Michigan Titanium Triathlon traffic warning

Michigan Titanium Triathlon traffic warning

From: Kent County Sheriff Department

On Sunday, 8/26 350 athletes will participate in the Michigan Titanium Triathlon. The race will originate at Versluis Park (Northland Ave/Plainfield Ave) at 7 AM. After completing the swim, athletes will then bike 112 miles throughout northeast Kent County (see map). They will then run 26 miles down Grand River Dr and 3 Mile Rd as far south as Knapp St.

These roads are open to traffic however, beware of some delays at intersections. Also, while driving along the course be extra vigilant of cyclists, runners, police officers and volunteers.

The run course, Grand River Dr between Northland Ave and Knapp St – and – 3 Mile Rd between Dunnigan Ave and Grand River Ave will be closed to thru traffic. Local resident’s traffic will be allowed.

Race starts at 7 AM. Bikers will be on the course from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Runners will be on the course from 11 AM to as late as midnight.

28th Street is ready for the Metro Cruise

28th Street is ready for the Metro Cruise

Rev up your engines, the annual 28th Street Metro Cruise is here.  There will be 15 miles of cool vintage cars and trucks along the famous street on Friday and Saturday.  There are so many fun activities that you should check out the Metro Cruise web site.  You will find information about the Sock Hop Dance, Pinup Girl Contest, Dyno Challenge, Swap Meet, Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall, and so much more. 

Be sure to check out the Car-Toon Truck, which features more than 2800 hours of brush and airbrush art on a 1928 Ford Model AR Roadster pick-up.  The truck portrays a historical documentary on comics from 1986 to today.  It’s located in the Roger’s Plaza lot on August 24 and in Marge’s lot on August 25.

Businesses in Grandville, Wyoming, Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Cascade are participating in this year’s cruise.  For more information about the Metro Cruise:  http://www.

Construction Update: Old M-21 from Cascade Road to M-37

Construction Update: Old M-21 from Cascade Road to M-37

August 18 to August 31, 2012

There will be lane closures on EB and WB Old M-21from Cascade Road toM-37 (East Beltline) from 7 AM to 9 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

There will be shoulder closures on EB and WB Old M-21from Cascade Road to M-37 (East Beltline) from 9 AM to 3 PM on Weekdays.

One lane of traffic will be maintained for EB and WB Old M-21 with traffic regulators (flag control).

DLH to GRR

DLH to GRR

J. Bennett Rylah

Brian Ryks has been interested in aviation since he was in college, living in the Twin Cities area. His neighbor was a captain for Republic Airlines, and one day, he asked Ryks if he wanted to go flying.

"He picked me up and we drove south of town to an area between a couple of cornfields at the end of this big gravel path," Ryks recalls. "There was a grass runway between two cornfields. His friend was pulling out a Stearman -- an old, vintage, bi-wing aircraft with a big radial engine. A big yellow plane, the kind they use for barn storming. He started it up and told me to jump in. I put on the old leather goggles and we took off and flew around. When I was up in the air, looking around, I said, 'I need to get involved in aviation somehow.'"

Ada Township Road Projects Planned for Summer Months

Ada Township Road Projects Planned for Summer Months

From: http://adatownshipmi.com/

The summer of 2012 will see a number of road repair and improvement projects in Ada Township, in addition to the ongoing work on the new M-21 bridge over the Grand River. Following is a list of planned projects and their targeted dates, as well as an update on M-21 bridge work:

  • Milling and resurfacing of Fulton St. (M-21), from Grand River Dr. east to the Grand River.

This Michigan Department of Transportation project will likely be completed during night-time hours, and is tentatively planned to occur over a 3-4 week timeframe in August.