Ransom Street near the Bostwick parking ramp at Grand Rapids Community College is undergoing emergency repairs after an underground water pipe leak. Due to the repairs, the rooftop entrance to the ramp closed Monday at 11 a.m. to all parking traffic. Traffic is being redirected to the Fountain Street and Bostwick Avenue entrance where the lower levels of the parking structure remain open.
The street closing runs from Lyon Street to Fountain Street on Ransom Avenue. The emergency repairs were needed after a large underground steam loop, which holds large pipes that provide hot and cold water to many buildings at GRCC, sprung a leak, according to Jim Van Dokkumburg, executive director of facilities at GRCC.
Crews worked through the weekend to repair the initial leak, however on Monday an additional leak presented itself in another section of the steam loop.
Van Dokkumburg said crews are working to fix the leak as soon as possible, but construction will continue through the week.
“The leak is now being uncovered,” Van Dokkumburg said. “(It) will be repaired and the road and the ramp (will be) reopened as soon as possible, hopefully within the work week, although we won’t know for sure until the dig uncovers the piping that is leaking.”
There are two main parking structures at GRCC, the Bostwick ramp and the Lyon Parking ramp. The Bostwick ramp can be accessed through the Fountain Street and Bostwick Street entrance and the entrance to the Lyon Parking ramp is on Bostwick Street past Lyon Street. For more information on parking at GRCC visit the Parking and Transportation page on GRCC’s website.
Stay tuned to TheCollegiateLive.com for more updates on the parking ramp closing and emergency repair on Ransom Street as they become available.
This story was updated at 6:36 p.m. on Mon., June 11, 2018 to include a reason for the street closing and a quote from Jim Van Dokkumburg with an estimated time on the repairs.