GR road repair begins thanks to street tax

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids road crews began restoration on the first of dozens of streets Friday, thanks to a voter-approved income tax continuation.

The first streets undergoing repairs are Buckley Street SE between Jefferson Avenue SE and Lafayette Avenue SE, and Lafayette Avenue SE between Pleasant Street SE and Wealthy Street SE, according to a release from the city.

The work will take about two weeks to complete as crews work to grade and resurface the streets.

The Grand Rapids City Commission has approved two contracts for upcoming road work, including one for $4.2 million.

>>Grand Rapids road construction updates

>>Interactive road closure/detour map

While the city won’t officially begin collecting the tax until 2015, it’s taking an advance on the funds so the worst roads can get fixed faster.

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