Now Open! Crahen Avenue and Leonard Street
Representatives from KCRC, Dean’s Landscaping and Excavating, Grand Rapids Township and Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park gathered to celebrate the completion of the Crahen Avenue and Leonard Street realignment project. The realigned Crahen Avenue replaces the “T” intersection of Leonard Street and Crahen Avenue and provides more continuous traffic flow for the higher volume movements at the intersection. In doing so, the new design will reduce congestion and help traffic move more efficiently.
In 2017, KCRC purchased 2.26 acres of right-of-way on the southwest corner of the project from from the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park for $56,500. The property was required to accommodate the construction of the horizontal curve between Crahen Avenue (south) and Leonard Street (west).
This project is the second phase of a strategic initiative by KCRC and Grand Rapids Township to improve Crahen Avenue’s traffic flow. In 2017,KCRC realigned Crahen Avenue with Forest Hill Avenue at Fulton Street/M-21. The new design eliminated a traffic signal and significantly reduced left turns from northbound Forest Hill Avenue and southbound Crahen Avenue onto Fulton Street/M-21.
The road will remain open while final restoration/seeding and pavement markings are completed – motorists may encounter minimal delays when intermittent shoulder closures are enacted for final restoration.