Construction projects

Building a better community

Our customers depend on us to power their homes, so we’re committed to continuously improve service and reliability across the service territory. To maintain the excellent service our customers expect, we acknowledge the need to repair, replace, build, upgrade and extend the electric system.

Major Projects
17th Street Overhead to Underground Project

17TH STREET OVERHEAD TO UNDERGROUND PROJECT MAP

Online Open House

LES will relocate the overhead power lines to underground along 17th Street from South to Van Dorn streets. The conversion will continue to build upon our system reliability and will improve aesthetics along a high-traffic roadway in the city.

Burying existing overhead distribution meets the Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan statement, “Within the City of Lincoln, wherever feasible and affordable, implement a phased program to relocate overhead utility lines underground.” 

This project is a continuation of the Overhead to Underground program initiated by the LES Administrative board in 2005. Construction is scheduled to start in spring 2022 with anticipated completion by fall 2022.

Installing underground electrical facilities can enhance system reliability by reducing exposure to many common outage causes such as storms, tree debris, vehicle/pole accidents and animal interference. The following before and after photos show the improvements to neighborhood aesthetics that result from this type of project.

Before  After
84th Street project power lines 84th Street with no power lines
48th Street, L – Cotner Boulevard Overhead to Underground Project

Additional resource

Help LES keep power restoration and maintenance trouble-free by leaving proper space around power equipment.

Contact us

If you have any questions related to the 17th Street project, contact us at 402.475.4211.

48th Street Overhead to Underground Project

48TH STREET OVERHEAD TO UNDERGROUND PROJECT MAP

Online Open House

LES will relocate the overhead power lines to underground along 48th Street from Newton to Sumner streets. The conversion will continue to build upon our system reliability and will improve aesthetics along a high-traffic roadway in the city.

Burying existing overhead distribution meets the Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan statement, “Within the City of Lincoln, wherever feasible and affordable, implement a phased program to relocate overhead utility lines underground.” 

This project is a continuation of the Overhead to Underground program initiated by the LES Administrative board in 2005. Construction is scheduled to start in spring 2022 with anticipated completion by fall 2022.

Installing underground electrical facilities can enhance system reliability by reducing exposure to many common outage causes such as storms, tree debris, vehicle/pole accidents and animal interference. The following before and after photos show the improvements to neighborhood aesthetics that result from this type of project.

Before  After
84th Street project power lines 84th Street with no power lines
48th Street, L – Cotner Boulevard Overhead to Underground Project

Additional resource

Help LES keep power restoration and maintenance trouble-free by leaving proper space around power equipment.

Contact us

If you have any questions related to the 48th Street project, contact us at 402.475.4211.

84th Street Overhead to Underground Project

84TH STREET OVERHEAD TO UNDERGROUND PROJECT MAP

Online Open House

LES will relocate the overhead power lines to underground along 84th Street from Pinedale Avenue to Vine Street. The conversion will continue to build upon our system reliability and will improve aesthetics along a high traffic volume entryway to the city.

Burying existing overhead distribution meets the Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan statement, “Within the City of Lincoln, wherever feasible and affordable, implement a phased program to relocate overhead utility lines underground.” 

This project is a continuation of the Overhead to Underground program initiated by the LES Administrative board in 2005. Construction is scheduled to start in fall 2020 with anticipated completion by December 2021.

Installing underground electrical facilities can enhance system reliability by reducing exposure to many common outage causes such as storms, tree debris and animal interference. The following before and after photos show the improvements to neighborhood aesthetics that result from this type of project.

Before  After
84th Street project power lines 84th Street with no power lines
48th Street, L – Cotner Boulevard Overhead to Underground Project

Additional resource

Help LES keep power restoration and maintenance trouble-free by leaving proper space around power equipment.

Contact us

If you have any questions related to the 84th Street project, contact us at 402.475.4211.

South Beltway Project

SOUTH BELTWAY PROJECT MAP

Overview

Working in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Transportation and Norris Public Power District, LES will move/convert power lines out of the bounds of construction for the new South Beltway for the NDOT.

Moving the power lines consists of burying existing overhead lines at the necessary roundabout and on-ramp locations and updating infrastructure.

Arnold Heights/Airpark Project

ARNOLD HEIGHTS/AIRPARK PROJECT MAP

December 2020 update

LES work in the area has concluded. LES will return to remove poles once all partnering utilities have relocated their equipment.

Overview

To maintain service reliability, LES will replace a portion of deteriorating electrical facilities in the Arnold Heights/Airpark area. Installed in 1957, the overhead power lines and facilities will be converted to an underground distribution system. The project will be between NW 48th to NW 57th and W. Luke to W. Wilkins streets. The street light facilities in this area will also be converted to underground as they are near the end of their useful life and will be upgraded to meet current city standards.

Open House

LES hosted an open house April 16, 2019, to discuss the project.  

Capitol Beach Area Project

LAKESHORE DRIVE PROJECT MAP

December 2020 update

LES work in the area has concluded. LES will return to remove poles once all partnering utilities have relocated their equipment.

Overview

LES will replace aging underground lines and convert some overhead power lines to underground. The existing underground lines were installed in the 1970s and have reached the end of their useful life. By converting some of the current overhead facilities to underground, we will improve system reliability and eliminate redundancies.

Customers located in the project area will see crews boring — drilling holes underground with water — in late 2019. Padmount transformers and pedestals will replace redundant overhead electric poles, transformers and lines.

The anticipated rebuild completion is late 2020.

2021 budgeted construction activity

2021 BUDGETED CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY MAP

LES' 2021 budget includes a number of construction projects in and around the Lincoln area.

The projects represent relatively large investments. Some projects are new, while several are continued from past years. All of the projects are needed to renew, upgrade or expand the electric system so that LES’ customer-owners continue receiving a reliable supply of low-cost electric energy.

Other projects, not included below, may occur throughout the year due to public changes in land use, major equipment failures and customer requirements for commercial or industrial expansion which may require relocating or changing electrical facilities.

If you have questions about any of these 2021 construction projects, call 402.475.4211 or email info@les.com.

All planned construction

Lincoln on the Move

LES is partnering with the City of Lincoln on its Lincoln on the Move street investment program, which aims to complete or start about 50 neighborhood and arterial street improvement projects and growth street projects by the time the six-year program expires in 2025. LES or contractor partners will upgrade or move electrical facilities as needed.

View the City of Lincoln’s 2020 annual report

Overhead to Underground Construction 

  • Yankee Hill, 47th-52nd project timeline: Feb. 1-June 1, 2021. (This project will be completed in two phases with the second phase being 52nd-56th streets and a separate timeline.)
  • Rokeby, 27th-40th project timeline: June 1-Sept. 1, 2021.
  • South Folsom, Old Cheney-Palm Canyon project timeline: to be determined based on city scheduling.
  • Holdrege, 87th-104th project timeline: May 1-Aug. 1, 2021.
  • West Holdrege, NW 56th-NW 48th project timeline: to be determined based on construction.

Capitol Parkway, 32nd-33rd

Capitol Parkway, 32nd-33rd map

This is a discretionary project that consists of converting our facilities from overhead to underground to provide a more aesthetically pleasing sightline to a highly traveled area of Lincoln.

Project timeline: April 1-July 1, 2021
 

O Street, Lakewood-Glenhaven

O Street, Lakewood-Glenhaven map

This is a discretionary project that consists of converting our facilities from overhead to underground to provide a more aesthetically pleasing sightline to a highly traveled area of Lincoln. 

Project timeline: Sept. 6-Nov. 4, 2021

O Street Reliability Project, 56th-70th

O Street Reliability Project, 56th-70th map

To maintain service reliability, LES will contract with crews to replace and add underground electrical facilities along O Street, 56th-70th streets. Much of the work can be completed without impacting traffic in the area; however, periodic lane closures may be necessary to maintain safety of crews and equipment.

Project timeline: summer 2021-spring 2022
 

Construction planning process

01 - Model the electric grid

Annually, the LES System Planning Department models the LES electric grid to simulate real-world situations to ultimately develop a construction work plan. The model identifies areas of weakness, overloads and overall grid stress points. Out of the annual studies, specific projects are developed to remedy deficiencies, issues and problem areas. Other projects are identified when individual feeder circuits perform in a substandard manner, or future growth requires expanding the circuits. All these potential projects are prioritized to bring the most value to the organization.

02 - Engineer design package development

Following identification, the LES Design Engineering team takes conceptual ideas and converts them to an engineering design package that can be used to construct the project and that meets the National Electrical Safety Code provisions. Ensuring the safety of the public and the LES team is vital to the success of any construction project. When placing the LES electrical facilities on customer properties, LES Engineering and Land Management work with the customer-owner to find the right location for cable, pole, transformer or switch.

03 - Construction starts

LES Transmission & Distribution Construction puts into action the organization's priorities to get the new or replacement facilities into service. Many LES employees are involved in the projects. LES also utilizes external consultants and contractors to supplement projects when specialized equipment is required, or internal resources are not available by the required in-service date.

Hard hat & blueprints

Construction projects map

This map illustrates current LES construction projects within the service area. To view details about a project, click the colored area, and a pop-up containing additional information such as a description, bounds, start and end dates will display. If a contractor is assisting LES, the contractor logo(s) will appear at the bottom of the pop-up window. If you have questions about a construction project, contact LES by calling 402.475.4211.

If you see a construction flag in your yard but don't see a project in your area on the LES map, it may be a city of Lincoln project