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Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Michigan Ave. ‘Full Steam Ahead’ Project to Begin April 13

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Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Michigan Ave. ‘Full Steam Ahead’ Project to Begin April 13

BWL to upgrade steam energy system to modernize downtown Lansing’s underground infrastructure

 

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) announced today it will begin construction on Monday, April 13 to upgrade the underground steam energy system on Michigan Ave. and Washington Sq. in downtown Lansing. The project is expected to be completed by the end of September.

The upgrade will modernize downtown Lansing’s underground infrastructure for future business growth while also providing steam energy that is clean and environmentally friendly to the 185 residents and businesses served in downtown Lansing.

“This is a necessary project that we need to do now. The aging infrastructure has deteriorated and presents safety and service issues. Numerous repairs have been made over the years and because the steam line is leaking, a complete replacement is the responsible choice,” said Dick Peffley, interim general manager. “This particular steam main was originally installed in 1924.  This main is being upgraded to respond to maintenance concerns and changes in demand, and will be built using modern practices to ensure safe, reliable service for many years into the future.”

The BWL maintains approximately 9.7 miles of underground steam piping with some pipes dating back to the 1920’s. The BWL is implementing a strategic plan to modernize the entire steam system to ensure its long-term sustainability.  The work will include the replacement of more than 427 feet of piping beneath Michigan Ave, along with manhole structure and concrete repairs. The work will be completed in three phases:

  • Phase One is expected to begin at the traffic circle at the intersection of South Washington Sq. and Michigan Ave. Work will include the installation of a new sewer pipe to ensure adequate drainage of the steam manhole at this intersection. This initial work will begin Monday, April 13 and take approximately four days to complete. At 10 p.m. Sunday, April 12, the BWL will close half the traffic circle in preparation for the construction. Detours will be posted.
  • Phase Two will begin at the traffic circle at the intersection of South Washington Sq. and Michigan Ave. and will extend east toward Grand Ave. to the alley located behind the Tavern on the Square restaurant. Work will include new steam pipe and concrete ductwork and the complete removal and rebuilding of an aging steam manhole near the Radisson Hotel. Phase Two is expected to run from June 1 through mid-August.
  • Phase Three will begin at the Radisson Hotel and will run south through the alley behind the Tavern on the Square. Work will include new steam pipe and concrete ductwork crossing Michigan Ave. down the alley, and the removal of an unneeded manhole at the south end of the alley. Phase Three is expected to run from mid-August through the end of September.

As each phase of work is completed, adjusted vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow will be established and beautification efforts will take place to better the downtown area. Customer access to businesses will be maintained, along with utility service and trash pickup to businesses and residents during the construction.

“We understand construction of any kind can be inconvenient. BWL is committed to working collaboratively with businesses, residents and contractors to minimize the daily disruptions in downtown Lansing. We encourage the community to continue to visit and support our local businesses. We will provide timely information to all those involved in order to make access efficient and effective,” said Peffley.

For more information about the BWL ‘Full Steam Ahead’ Project, visit www.BWLfullsteamahead.com.

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