L&P to Re-Start Bay Street Undergrounding Project
[Last Updated: 1/4/2012 11:46:16 AM]

For Immediate Release

August 11, 2011


Contact:  Ed Rice, Executive Director, Traverse City Light & Power

                Phone: (231) 932-4559 E-mail: erice@tclp.org


L&P to Re-Start Bay Street Undergrounding Project


(Traverse City, Michigan) — Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) plans to re-start work next week on the Bay Street Undergrounding Project, which involves removing the overhead electric facilities along Bay Street, across from West Bay, and placing them underground.

            The project, which supports the Traverse City Bayfront Improvement Plan, was originally scheduled to begin this past May, but higher than normal water table levels caused by heavy rains forced L&P to postpone the work until a later date.

            The Bay Street Undergrounding Project consists of two phases, commencing with the installation of underground conduits, manholes and related facilities from August into early November of this year. In the spring/summer of 2012, the electric cables will be installed in the conduits followed by the removal of poles and overhead wires, which includes the Lighthouse Pole.

            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.

            “Traverse City Light & Power is committed to keeping the inconvenience to the community to a minimum during the course of the project,” said Ed Rice, L&P executive director. “We appreciate the community’s cooperation as L&P works to aesthetically improve the bayfront.”

            An effort is being made to keep the impact on Division Street traffic at a minimum, however motorists are advised to seek alternative routes when possible. Access down Bay Street will be limited or closed to through traffic during the course of the project.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will also be working on Division Street beginning in September.  

            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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