High Groundwater Table on Bay Street Delays L&P’s Undergrounding Project
[Last Updated: 1/4/2012 11:42:04 AM]

For Immediate Release                                                            

May 11, 2011


Contact:  Jessica Wheaton, Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator

   Traverse City Light & Power

                Phone: (231) 932-4574 E-mail: jwheaton@tclp.org


High Groundwater Table on Bay Street Delays

L&P’s Undergrounding Project


(Traverse City, Michigan) — Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) announced at last night’s board meeting that the Bay Street Undergrounding Project will be postponed until fall of 2011 due to the unusually high water table level. L&P is unable to appropriately displace the large amount of groundwater that would need to be removed to install the underground conduit this spring.

            “This project was expedited because of the many projects going on in the area, but due to an unusual amount of recent rainfall and the current water table level, L&P has decided it would be best not to proceed with the project at this time,” said Ed Rice, L&P executive director. “L&P will develop plans to install the underground conduit this fall.”

            The Bay Street Undergrounding Project is a bayfront beautification project that consists of removing the overhead electric facilities along a portion of Bay Street along West Grand Traverse Bay and placing them underground. The project has been planned for several years and was originated in conjunction with the Your Bay – Your Say study which has now transformed into the Bayfront Improvement Project.

The exact location for the work on Bay Street is the section east of Division Street to the Lighthouse Pole. There will also be additional work on Bay Street, west of Division Street, up to the Wayne Street intersection.

            Please note that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Department of Transportation plan to move forward with their scheduled projects as their projects do not require the deep excavating that is needed for the undergrounding of electrical facilities.

            Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at competitive rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.

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