Gateway to the Capitol Gets a Face Lift

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Workers are putting in rain gardens on Michigan Avenue between Pennsylvania Avenue and Larch Street. Ground was broken Monday.

They'll have plants that can handle salt and will filter rainwater and runoff before it goes into the Grand River. "Typically, the curb and gutter would direct it to a catch basin which would then discharge directly into the Grand River," explained the city's Public Service Director Chad Gamble.

Lansing is one of the first cities in the country to test this process. The city was awarded nearly $3 million for the rain gardens, kicked in about $600,000 and will pay roughly $5,000 yearly to maintain them.

Fifteen to 20 rain gardens will go in near the Michigan Avenue area in the next couple of months.