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To continue to provide reliable service, LES conducted a study of how to best address the aging underground cable system. In Lincoln, there are approximately 600 miles of cable that is 30 years or older without a spare duct. Spare duct is a plastic pipe installed in the ground for the future installation of new primary distribution cable as the existing cable reaches the end of its useful life. As a result of the study, LES launched a project in 2012 that installs duct adjacent to the existing cable that is 30 years or older using directional boring.
The purpose of this project is to:
LES outlined and discussed the areas impacted by the 2019 project at an open house Sept. 6, 2018.
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South 98th Street and Rokeby Road
LES signed an agreement in February 2015 to purchase land for a new service center in southeast Lincoln.
The need for a second location is driven by several major factors. Those include the current and future growth of LES’ customer base and service area, customer response and travel time to support services in the south and southeast parts of the community, and the mitigation of risk. Currently, all LES equipment and materials are housed in a single location within the 100-year flood plain. As the city has continued to grow, it has become more challenging to provide prompt response to outages from our single, north service center. A south operations center will allow us to better serve all of our customers.
An extensive site selection process was followed, including a formal request for proposals for land parcels, evaluation of submissions, possible co-location discussions with city and county government agencies, and a comprehensive physical site and infrastructure analysis.
The selected site is located at South 98th Street & Rokeby Road, near an existing LES substation and containing a 345-kilovolt transmission line which crosses the parcel’s southeast corner. LES is moving forward with a phased build-out approach for the facility. The first phase is scheduled to be complete in spring 2019 and will address critical needs, such as a co-location to house LES equipment and materials outside of the flood plain. The second phase is scheduled for completion in spring 2021.
Davis Design, the architecture and engineering team working on this project, has completed the programming portion of the facility and is nearing completion of the schematic design. Once completed, engineering design will begin.
Hausmann Construction has been hired as the Construction Manager at Risk. Mass grading of the site has been completed. Contractors are installing foundations, underground facilities and cast-in-place walls. Supporting steel and precast walls are scheduled to be delivered in October and November 2017.
This nearly 5-megawatt project is located at Northwest 75th and West Holdrege streets in Lincoln. Construction began in March 2016, and the solar facility went online June 2016.
LES' 2018 budget includes a number of construction projects in and around the Lincoln area.
The projects represent relatively large investments. Some projects are new, while a majority is 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 contributions to construction for commercial or industrial expansion that require relocating or changing electrical facilities.