Navigate Up
Sign In


    Project Updates
    This project was completed shortly before Thanksgiving.

    Beginning Friday, October 6, Leonard between Fuller and Ball will be fully closed to through traffic. The Leonard and Ball intersection will also be closed and will be impassable. This work is tentatively scheduled to be complete in mid-November. The detour route utilizes Fuller, Michigan, and Plymouth and will be clearly marked.

    Leonard is now open to traffic between Ashland and Fuller. Leonard between Fuller and Ball remains under construction. The detour route utilizes Ball, Knapp, and Plainfield and is clearly marked.

    The Leonard and Fuller intersection is now open to north-south traffic. Drivers are also able to travel eastbound on Leonard from the intersection. Leonard from Ashland to Fuller will remain closed until mid-September.

    Work has also begun on Leonard between Fuller and Ball. Leonard will be open to eastbound traffic and the Leonard and Ball intersection will be open to traffic for the first month of the work. Leonard is closed to westbound traffic starting today. The detour route will utilize Ball, Knapp, and Plainfield and will be clearly marked.

    Beginning July 31st, Phase 2 of this project will begin meaning the Leonard and Fuller intersection will close for approximately one month. The intersection detour for Leonard will utilize Plainfield, Knapp and Ball, while Fuller traffic will be detoured using Bradford, Ball and Knapp. The Leonard and Fuller intersection will be closed to through traffic, but the roads will be open for local traffic to access businesses up to the intersection closure. Detour routes will be clearly marked.

    Check out a few news stories on this project:

    Beginning Saturday 05-05-17 Leonard will be fully closed to through traffic in both directions. The detour route utilizes Planfield, Knapp, and Fuller and is clearly marked. Local access will be maintained.

    Eastbound Leonard will be closed this Saturday 04-15-17 while the contractor completes watermain crossings at Spring and Burke. The closure will begin at 7:00 a.m. and cotninue until the work is completed, which is estimated to be late afternoon. 

    Construction Schedule
    Phase 1: Leonard (Ashland to Fuller)
    Tentatively March 27th - end of September 2017              

    Phase 2: Leonard and Fuller Intersection 
    This phase will take approximately one month and tentatively begin July 31.

    Phase 3: Leonard (Fuller to Ball)
    August - end of November 2017​​

    Please take our quick project survey so we can learn about any flooding, water pressure issues, or sanitary sewer backups. Please visit or contact us at the number above to do the survey over the phone.​

    The project will:
    • reconstruct the street.
    • install new water main.
    • install new sanitary sewer and laterals on Leonard between Ashland and Northfield.
    • make minor upgrades to the storm sewer system.
    • extend the existing bike lanes and center turn lane from Ashland east to the south leg of Burke. This design improves safety for people who drive, bike, and walk on the street by providing space for all users and a dedicated center turn lane to improve traffic flow. In order to accommodate these improvements, parking will be removed on both sides of the street.
    • put the road design back as it currently exists east of Burke, which includes two lanes in each direction with a center turn lane in some sections.
    • upgrade sidewalks and ramps to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • plant street trees to increase the City’s tree canopy.​ 
    Construction Information
    Street Reconstruction 
    The street’s full width will be reconstructed including curb and gutter. 

    Water Main
    • The water main and existing non-copper water service lines to the property lines will be replaced.
    • Typically, there will be two water shutdowns: once when the new main is placed in service (4 to 8 hours) and another to connect individual water services for each property to the new main (2 to 4 hours). There may be a third shut down to complete the final main switch. The contractor will provide notice 24 hours in advance. Occasionally, a water main may accidentally break during construction. If this should happen, there will not be notification, but repairs will be made as quickly as possible to restore service.
    • Following a water shutdown, calcified deposits may be dislodged by water pressure once the system is turned back on. Please run outside faucets first and then the faucets in all sinks to clear the lines. If some faucets are running slowly, it may be necessary to check the screens and clean off any debris.
    Sanitary Sewer
    The sanitary sewer and sanitary laterals to the property line will be replaced from Ashland to Northfield. There will be no interruption to sewer service.

    Storm Sewer
    The storm sewer will primarily remain in place but have minor storm sewer main and stormwater inlet upgrades.

    Driveway Approaches and Sidewalks
    • All drive approaches and some sidewalk will be replaced. Affected residents will not have access to their driveways for 5-7 days while the work is completed and the concrete cures. The contractor will coordinate with those affected in advance.
    • The contractor will work with affected businesses to maintain driveway access as best possible. This may include replacing half of the driveway approach at a time.​
    • Driveway access may not be available when road work is directly in front of a driveway.
    Parkways and Street Trees
    • Disturbed parkways (area between curb and sidewalk) will be restored with grass. Residents are encouraged to water the area regularly to help the grass establish and prevent weed growth. Please visit the grass and lawn care page​ for more information.​
    • Property owners should remove plants, landscaping, etc. they want to save prior to the start of construction.
    • Property owners who have a sprinkler system are asked to mark their sprinkler heads with flags, sticks, or spray paint. Sprinklers that are broken during construction will be repaired.
    • Some street trees may be removed as they are in the way of planned excavation or infrastructure work. In these cases, the work would damage the tree’s major roots and the tree would not survive, or recover from, construction. This project will plant new trees further from infrastructure to lessen tree removal in the future. 
    Access, Parking, and Detour Route
    • While under construction, westbound Leonard will be closed to through traffic with resident and emergency vehicle access maintained. Eastbound Leonard will have a lane maintained for a few weeks at the beginning of each phase before being closed to through traffic for the remainder of the phase.
    • No parking will be allowed on the street during construction hours.
    • During Phase 1, the detour route will utilize Plainfield, Knapp, and Fuller as seen below.
    • During Phase 2, the Leonard-Fuller intersection will be closed and detours for Leonard will utilize Plainfield, Knapp and Ball, while Fuller traffic will be detoured using Bradford, Ball and Knapp as seen below.
    • During Phase 3, the detour route will utilize Fuller, Michigan, and Plymouth.​
    ​Other Items
    • Recycling and refuse will be maintained but bins must be placed in their normal spots the night before collection day. Failing to do so may result in a missed collection. When trucks cannot access the street due to construction, the contractor will move the bins to where they can be emptied and return them.
    • Mail delivery will be maintained.
    • Typical construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Occasionally, work may be done on Sunday. Work hours are dependent on weather and the contractor’s schedule.
    • As part of the City’s efforts to better manage stormwater, residents are encouraged to participate in a rain barrel workshop hosted by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. Please visit or call the Council at 616-451-3051 for more information.
    Business Guide
    As we work to improve the street, we understand that businesses are sensitive to construction. For this reason, we’ve created a guide containing tips and tricks for businesses during construction. Please find it at
    Engagement History
    Construction Preparation Meeting 
    02-27-17 at 5:30 p.m.
    Yankee Clipper Branch
     Grand Rapids Public Library
    2025 Leonard Street NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49505

    Contact Infor​mation
    311 or 616-456-3000