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Steam Ahead’ Project Continues

Lansing Board of Water & Light’s ‘Full Steam Ahead’ Project Continues Construction season set for two new phases of steam line work LANSING, MI – The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) has started construction on new phases of the ‘Full Steam Ahead’ project. The project aims to upgrade the underground steam energy system in downtown Lansing. A steam vault is being replaced at Capitol Ave. and Hillsdale Street beginning earlier this month and will be completed in early Summer. A new high pressure steam main will be installed along the banks of the Grand River, and in Townsend Street south of 1-496 starting in July and will be completed in November.

“Steam energy is vitally important to our office buildings, small businesses and residents in downtown Lansing,” said BWL General Manager Dick Peffley. “Steam provides a safe, reliable and environmentally responsible source of energy which is used primarily for space heating and water heating. Yet much of the infrastructure is old and needs to be upgraded to ensure long-term sustainability.”

Full Steam Ahead is a multi-year steam line replacement project that continues to modernize the downtown Lansing infrastructure for approximately 175 steam customers. The BWL maintains approximately 9.7 miles of underground steam piping with some pipes dating back to the 1920’s. The following are details about the next two phases of work:

· Steam Vault Replacement at Hillsdale and Capitol: The BWL will replace two aging steam vaults located at the intersection of Capitol Ave. and Hillsdale Street in downtown Lansing. This project will improve the reliability of the system as a whole for many years. During construction, traffic on Capitol Ave. will be maintained with lane restrictions, and Hillsdale Street will be closed at the work site. (April – June 2017)

New High Pressure Steam Main: The BWL will install a new high pressure steam main along the banks of the Grand River, and in Townsend Street south of 1-496. This project will replace an existing 1930’s vintage steam main which is due for retirement, and will provide additional reliability of the system. (July – November December 2017)

Construction impacts to downtown Lansing are expected to be minimal; local street closures of Townsend Street, Elm Street and William Street will be performed south of 1-496.

During these next two phases, signs will be posted along alternate routes to help people find their way around the construction. The BWL has also provided a map on their website, bwlfullsteamahead.com, to help the public plan their trip downtown.

Customer access to businesses will be maintained, along with utility service and trash pickup to businesses and residents during the construction. Some areas of street parking will be affected within the work zone, but the majority of downtown parking will still be available for use. Note that unless a meter is covered by a yellow bag, the space is available.

The public may sign up for important updates as the project progresses using their email address. For more information about the BWL ‘Full Steam Ahead’ project or to sign up for email updates, visit BWLfullsteamahead.com.

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BWL to Continue Full Steam Ahead Project Downtown

The next phase to the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s Full Steam Ahead will begin on Monday, August 15. The BWL will be reconstructing a steam manhole located at the intersection of Walnut Street and Allegan Street in Downtown Lansing. The work is expected to be completed by November 1.

Allegan Street and Walnut Street will remain open during the duration of the work. Traffic shifts and lane reductions will be posted. Motorists should expect delays.

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.

For more information, please contact the BWL Media Line at 517-342-1026.

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Lansing BWL’s Michigan Ave. ‘Full Steam Ahead’ Project to Begin Phase Three

Project on track to be completed by end of September

LANSING, MI – Phase Three of the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s (BWL) ‘Full Steam Ahead’ project is set to begin Sunday night, Aug. 16.

The project aims to upgrade the underground steam energy system on Michigan Ave. and Washington Sq. in downtown Lansing. Work on this last phase of the Full Steam Ahead project is on-track and expected to be completed by the end of September.

Phase Three will close eastbound Michigan Ave., from Washington Sq. to the Radisson Hotel and run south through the alley behind the Tavern + Tap restaurant. 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… Read Full Press Release 

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Downtown Lansing Traffic Circle to Reopen Sunday

BWL’s Full Steam Ahead project on track

The traffic circle at the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington Sq. in downtown Lansing will reopen to traffic on Sunday, July 5, as Phase Two of the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s (BWL) “Full Steam Ahead” project is on track to be completed next month.

Visitors to downtown can expect to experience improved traffic flow in the area due to the restoration of the traffic circle, as the reopening will allow north-south traffic along Washington Sq. West-bound Michigan Ave. construction continues west of Grand Ave. The BWL will return to the circle in August to perform final paving.

The BWL expects to open west-bound Michigan Ave. by mid-August.  At that time, the project will shift to Phase Three and east-bound Michigan Ave. will then be closed. The project is expected to be completed near the end of September.

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

Customer access to businesses will be maintained, along with utility service and trash pickup to businesses and residents during all phases of the construction.

The public can sign up for important updates as the project progresses using their email address. For more information about the BWL ‘Full Steam Ahead’ Project or to sign up for email updates, visit BWLfullsteamahead.com.

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