By: Megan Palera
A section of South Street will be closed off again beginning Monday. The project isn't for road work but to improve central Lincoln's power supply.
LES is upgrading the underground cable at the 30th and A substation. The portion that is above ground runs east along South Street and the new wires need to be installed.
"Just in the background, everything is going to become more reliable so when the storms and things come through, we have a new system that will hopefully handle everything and they'll see less bumps if they see any at all," LES Project Inspector Bill Gardner said.
South Street will be shut down in sections next week:
Feb. 4 - Between 48th and 56th Streets.
Feb. 5 - Between Normal Blvd. and 48th, including Normal Blvd.
Feb. 6 - Between Normal Blvd. and 31st Street.
Feb. 7 - To complete any work that is still left.
Most of the work will be done overnight. The road will closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. LES says power will not be affected for residents living in that area of town.
"We built one more day in there, just in case of weather if we have to go over it. But hopefully we'll have it complete in those 3 nights; 4 for sure," Gardner said.
LES says it's a small disturbance to your daily commute to complete a big project that serves all of Central Lincoln.
"It's also for the university, for the downtown, for the people at 30th and A all the way to 56th and Everett which feeds two hospitals. So it's a reliability for all of Central Lincoln," Gardner said.