Smooth sailing ahead for Rockford’s 10-Mile Road

Pictured looking east from Main St. is Division St./10-Mile Rd. A six-tenths of a mile stretch of this heavily trafficked 3-lane road, from Main St. east to Wolverine Blvd., will receive a much-needed milling and resurfacing early this summer.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL  In the mid-70’s the City of Rockford requested that the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) take over ownership of Rockford’s Division Street segment of 10-Mile Road. The KCRC accepted the offer under the conditions that the City would first bring the road up to County standards and enter into a […]

Archery complex digs in, Ten Mile goes up

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Roadwork expected to last through May by BETH ALTENA Fill from grade work on the future site of an Olympic style archery complex is being used to raise the grade of Ten Mile Road east of Wolven Avenue by as much as six feet. Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) Director of Engineering Wayne Harroll said […]

Plainfield negotiates settlement with Road Commission over canceled project

Township to reimburse $88,653  by BETH ALTENA The Plainfield Township Board in July voted to reimburse the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) $88,400 the commission invested in an approved widening of Belmont Road that was later cancelled. The KCRC in 2009 proposed the project, which was to be funded mainly by $900,000 in federal grants […]

What warrants a four-way stop? Residents consider intersection deadly

This crash at 15 Mile and Shaner on June 7 involved 11 people,  with one airlifted to the hospital with a head injury. The eastbound car stopped at the stop sign on 15 Mile and then pulled out in front of the Durango that was heading north on Shaner.

by JUDY REED A serious accident at the intersection of 15 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue on June 7 in Courtland Township have neighbors wondering what it will take to get a four-way stop put in. “Does someone have to die?” asked Sharon Parker, a neighbor who was at the scene of the crash, and […]

Ten Mile expansion to be delayed until 2012

by BETH ALTENA Members of the Rockford City Council were surprised to learn during their monthly meeting on Monday, June 13 that the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) has pushed back the timeline on expanding Ten Mile Road from three lanes to five. Because of restrictions on bidding portions of the project mandated by federal […]