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13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

As the winter turns to spring, more and more potholes start to appear throughout West Michigan. We would like you to tell us where the worst potholes can be found.

If you've come across a really bad pothole in your neighborhood, please leave a comment below to let us know where we can find it.

Also, if you can safely get a photo, email those to pics@wzzm13.com along with your name, phone number, and location where the photo was taken.

As comments and photos come in, WZZM13 will publicize the worst of the worst in an effort to get them fixed as quickly as possible.

Westgate Area Water Improvements Updates

Westgate Area Water Improvements Updates
Work is continuing on the Westgate water improvements with 75% of the paving being completed today.  Work may continue into the evening to pave Westgate, Lantern and Brandywine.  Being paved last will be Westshire.  After paving is complete, there will be lawn restoration.  This has become an issue of concern after some lawns were poorly restored in July.  The construction company is now using better topsoil that has been filtered to remove weeds, stones and tree roots.  Later this month, the landscape company along with the contractor are expected to inspect the residences reseeded in July along Lantern and Stony Creek and Brandywine and re-work those lawns that were done poorly. The Plainfield Water Department has scheduled a pressure change  Wednesday September 21, at 9:00 a.m.

Apline Township Construction Updates

Apline Township Construction Updates

Water Main Installation is moving right along on Westshire and getting closer and closer to Alpine Ave., making it more and more difficult to use Westshire to enter the Westgate community...

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Hats off to Alpine Township Fire Fighters

Hats off to Alpine Township Fire Fighters

Kudos go the the 35 "on call" fire fighters of Alpine Township who are well on their way to respond to about a 1,000 emergency fire and medical assistance calls this year.  Alpine Township has a full time fire chief (Ron Christians) and the rest of the staff is paid for responding to calls from Kent County Dispatch. They are also compensated for time  spent in training.  Alpine Township has 3 fire stations covering 36 square miles.

Members of the department are in the process of forming the Alpine Fire Fighters Association, a non profit organization not directly associated to the Township,   whose mission will be to take a more active role in Fire Prevention  and community activities.

Alpine Township can be proud of its fire fighters for their professionalism and for the personal sacrifices they are willing to make.

New traffic light at 10 Mile Road and M-37

New traffic light at 10 Mile Road and M-37

It appears that a new traffic light is being installed at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and M-37.  I'll post again when it is functional.

Westgate Water Improvements

Alpine Township and the Plainfield Township Water Department received excellent bids on the Westgate water main improvement project and awarded the construction contract to Dykema Excavating. Depending on weather conditions and Kent County Road Commission requirements, the approximate start date for construction activities is May 2, 2011. The project is projected to be substantially complete by August 31, 2011. Some restoration work may occur after August 31.

A tentative schedule of streets being worked on is as follows:

Street                   Sequence Street                     Work Complete

Reporting Potholes in Alpine Township

Reporting Potholes in Alpine Township

The above illustrations provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) explain how potholes are created.   As temperatures are returning to above freezing, we can anticipate potholes in many of our roads. The severity of the potholes vary with the winter weather. 

You can report potholes found on Alpine Township roads directly to the Kent County Road Commission at 616-242-6950 or to Alpine Township Supervisor Alex Arends at 616-784-1262, or e-mail him at a.arends@alpinetwp.org.  For potholes on interstates and state highways, you can fill out a form on MDOT's website or call 888-296-4546

Last year, the Road Commission did an effective job in repairing potholes, particularly those that caused serious danger.