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

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8/14/2015 11:40:00 AM

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.

Westbound Michigan Ave. from Grand Ave. to the Washington Sq. will reopen for traffic. The traffic circle at Michigan Ave. and Washington Sq. will remain open during this construction phase.

Visitors to downtown can expect to experience improved traffic flow in the area due to the restoration of the traffic circle and the opening of west-bound Michigan Ave. Signs will be posted along alternate routes to help people find their way around the construction.

The work within the traffic circle and along west-bound Michigan Ave. is now complete. A new sewer pipe was installed to ensure adequate drainage of the steam manhole at the intersection of South Washington Sq. and Michigan Ave. New steam pipe and concrete ductwork was installed and the existing manhole was removed and replaced with a new, modern structure with updated equipment and safety features.

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 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 residents and businesses served in downtown Lansing.

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.