In response to the recent series of gas leaks that occurred during construction work on Michigan Avenue in downtown Lansing, Mayor Virg Bernero, Consumers Energy and the City's Public Service Department today announced a six-point plan to prevent further disruptions in downtown Lansing during this summer's construction season.
"We had a very positive and productive meeting this morning that has resulted in a new plan for verifying the location of underground utility services," Mayor Bernero said. "With these new guidelines in place, I am confident that we can move forward with construction with a greater degree of certainty that the information we have is accurate. No amount of planning can prevent every accident, but we are making sure that our contractors, our Public Service Department, Consumers Energy and other utilities are all working together to get the job done right."
Under the new Guidelines for Underground Infrastructure Detection and Excavation (GUIDE), contractors working on the Michigan Avenue Streetscape Enhancement and other local construction projects will take additional steps to ensure that the location of underground utilities, including gas, electric and water services, are identified and accurately marked prior to excavation.
The plan includes the following actions:
Mayor Bernero said he has authorized the Public Service Department to resume construction activities on Michigan Avenue with the condition that no subsurface excavation will be permitted until the remarking of utility services is complete.