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Celebrating Connectivity: Sidewalks Completed along 28th Street

The sidewalk connection along 28th street map.

A major milestone was achieved this week with the completion of continuous sidewalks from Kalamazoo Avenue to Patterson Avenue along 28th Street. These sidewalks now physically connect Grand Rapids and Kentwood to Cascade Township.  After seven years and nearly $2 million in federal, state and local dollars, seven miles of sidewalks in this busy business corridor now provide a safer connection for individuals of all abilities.

On Thursday, October 23, Disability Advocates of Kent County held a ribbon cutting celebration in honor of this community achievement that will allow access to more opportunities. In attendance were MDOT Director Kirk Steudle, Mayor Elect Rosalynn Bliss, Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley, Rapid CEO Peter Varga, as well as citizens from the community.

The crowd at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the celebration of the 28th street sidewalks watches as Peter Varga speaks.
Citizens in wheelchairs cut the ribbon at the 28th street sidewalk celebration.

Woman clapping and celebrating with her GO!Bus operator at the ribbon cutting celebration.

Citizens smiling and celebrating.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.