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Creston MDOT project earns accolades
The Michigan Department of Transportation was one of seven state transportation agencies recognized recently for innovative and efficient transportation projects.
States were recognized during the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials 2014 annual meeting as part of the organization’s annual mid America regional America’s Transportation Awards competition.
Eighteen transportation projects from eight mid-American states were nominated in the three categories: under budget, best use of innovation, and quality of life/community development.
MDOT was recognized for its Creston North-Quarter Keystone project, located along Plainfield Avenue on Grand Rapids’ northeast side in the quality of life/community development category, and for its M-231 Little Robinson Creek project in the under budget category.
The Creston North-Quarter Keystone project involved the reconstruction of Plainfield Avenue and the installation of seven bio-retention islands from Leonard Street to Ann Street.
Each island includes water retention areas, bio-retention plantings and pollution filtration systems. The project improves water quality by capturing and treating the first flush of rainwater and reduces the flow that enters the storm sewer system.
The project also included bike lanes, center-left turn lanes, pedestrian refuge islands and safety training to create a walkable environment for students, transit riders and residents.
"I've never seen another project like this," said Breese Stam, Grand Rapids project engineer. "How it functions, the social and environmental paybacks and the public private partnerships that made it all come together. The national accolade is icing on the cake."
The city of Grand Rapids undertook the project with help from a federal enhancement grant.