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Brick by Brick: Grandville Avenue is Redone

The work on Grandville Avenue include re-paving of the brick street which is done by hand.
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Workers placing bricks on Grandville Avenue

Workers placing bricks on Grandville Avenue /Roberta F. King

A major street renovation on Grandville Avenue between Oakes and Weston is nearly complete. The project, which began in June will totally rebuild the street, which interestingly still had wooden trolley tracks hidden underneath the pavement. New water and sewer lines have been installed and the street will feature bike loops, landscaping, benches and ADA curb cuts. A bike lane is also planned.

The replacement of the bricks is underway and the work is being done by hand. There are machines that do brick work, but no local contractors own one: there aren't enough brick streets in Grand Rapids to warrant the investment.

This photo essay shows some of the work being done and the bricks being laid by hand.

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