Major construction projects

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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 lines84th 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.

6/19/20

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.

3/17/20

Arnold Heights/Airpark Project

Arnold Heights/Airpark project map 

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.  

Arnold Heights/Airpark Project handout

Arnold Heights/Airpark Project visuals

2/17/20

Capitol Beach Area Project

Lakeshore Drive project map

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.

2020 budgeted construction activity

LES' 2020 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 2020 construction projects, call 402-475-4211 or email info@les.com.

2020 budgeted construction activity map 

All planned construction activity

Duct Installation Project

Construction areas

2020

  • Northwest 27th to North 84th streets, Fletcher Avenue to O Street. 
  • Northwest 56th to North 14th streets, McKelvie Road to Superior Street.
  • Northwest 98th to Northwest 36th streets, Superior to O streets.    
  • Southwest 27th to South 84th streets, O Street to Pine Lake Road.
  • Southwest 98th to Southwest 12th streets, O Street to Claire Avenue.
  • Southwest 40th to South 14th streets, Claire Avenue to Rokeby Road.
  • North 27th to North 148th streets, Waverly Road to Superior Street.
  • North 98th to North 134th streets, Adams to Holdrege streets.
  • South 98th to South 120th streets, O Street to Pioneers Boulevard.
  • South 27th to South 98th streets, Rokeby to Saltillo roads.

2020 Duct Installation Project map 

2019

  • Northwest 27th to Northwest 12th streets, West Superior to West Adams streets.
  • 1st to 40th streets, Superior to Van Dorn streets.
  • 40th to 56th streets, Fletcher Avenue to Van Dorn streets.

2019 Duct Installation Project map 

Overview

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:

  • Install duct underground to address the issue of aging underground distribution cable.
  • Prepare for the cable replacement.
  • Maintain system reliability.

For more information, email duct@les.com or call the Duct Installation Project information line toll free at 1-800-939-5749.

3/30/20

LES Operations Center

Construction area

South 98th Street and Rokeby Road

LES Operations Center

Overview

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 and 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 was completed in spring 2019 and addressed 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.

Frequently asked questions about the LES Operations Center

Project status

Construction
Hausmann Construction is the Construction Manager at Risk. The first phase of the project was completed in April 2019, and LES has crews operating out of the new facility.

The second phase of construction is ongoing. The building structure is constructed, and interior work is commencing. Scheduled completion is anticipated to be in spring 2021.

3/18/20