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Update - September 5, 2014

During the week of September 8th to September 12th, a representative from Evergreen Energy in St. Paul Minnesota will be in Montpelier assisting Kingsbury Companies LLC in identifying and fixing an issue with the DHM alarm wiring system. During this period, excavation may be needed along the distribution route. While this excavation may require cordoning off parking spaces, it should not interfere with traffic.

Update - May 23, 2014

Final District Heat Related Construction Underway

Kingsbury Companies, LLC returns to Montpelier this week to complete the punch list work associated with the construction of the District Heat Montpelier distribution system. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by the middle of June and will involve minimal road closures.

Starting on May 27th, Kingsbury Companies, LLC will be working at East State Street and Harry Sheridan Avenue. Harry Sheridan Avenue and East State Street will be closed at times on May 29th and May 30th to replace a crumbling sanitary sewer manhole and the sanitary sewer pipelines leading to and from the manhole. Final pavement will be placed along the distribution system route between East State Street and City Hall along Harry Sheridan Avenue during the week of June 2nd.

During the week of June 2nd, sidewalk repairs along Taylor Street will be made and final paving will be done along Taylor Street and in the lots behind 110 and 112 State Street. This work will continue into the week of June 9th as the final pavement is placed at the entrance to People’s Bank.

Sidewalk repairs will be completed along State Street in front of Capitol Theater the week of June 2nd. During this period the driveway next to the Theater will be barricaded to traffic for three days in order to allow the materials to cure. However, it will be open to pedestrians within 24 hour and one lane of traffic will be able to pass during these three days.

Finally, work will be done along Langdon Street to address an issue with the alarm wire system installed. This system allows water leaks to be detected remotely and ensures that the integrity of the insulation is maintained. Last fall, as seasonal work was wrapping up, the City identifying a short in the alarm wire system along Langdon Street. During the week of June 2nd, Kingsbury Companies, LLC will be testing this system and repairing it. The first course of action will be to investigate the alarm wire that is accessible from under the Langdon Street Bridge and the remote pull box at the corner of Langdon and Main Streets. However, if this problem is not able to be resolved at this location, excavation along Langdon Street may be needed during this week. This should not require the closure of Langdon Street, but there will be several parking spaces blocked off during construction. While on Langdon Street, the contractor will be repairing a large valve box on the east side of the bridge. To do the required welding, parking spaces on both sides of the streets may be closed to all vehicles to pass continuously and unimpeded. Following this repair, the trench along Langdon Street will also receive a final coat of pavement. It is anticipated that this work will be completed the week of June 9th.

If you have questions about this final punch list work, please contact City Engineer, Kurt Motyka, at kmotyka@montpelier-vt.org or at (802) 223-9508.

Update - November 18, 2013

This week the contractor will be finishing paving along Taylor, East State and Main Streets. During this time, parking may be limited and traffic rerouted.

Also this week, contractors will be finishing installing the final concrete slabs on Langdon Street. These concrete slabs protect the heat main and valve structures in places where they are close to the surface of the road. During this period, parking may be limited and traffic may be detoured at Langdon Street to accommodate the machinery. After the final concrete slabs are in place, final paving will be completed on Langdon Street.

Finally, this week the contractor will finish flushing the distribution system. This involves pumping water into the distribution system and draining it to ensure the heat main is free of any debris. During this time residents will see large vactor trucks working to pump water and parking may be disrupted.

As of Friday, November 15th, it is anticipated that Kingsbury Construction will turn the system over to the City on November 26th.

Update - November 11, 2013

This week the contractor will work to finish paving along Langdon, East State Street and Main Street. During this time, parking may be limited and traffic rerouted.

Also early this week the contractors will be completing the connection from the heat main on Main Street to NECI. During this period parking will be limited but two-way traffic will be maintained.

Finally, this week the contractor will finish flushing the distribution system. This involves pumping water into the distribution system and draining it. During this time residents will see large vactor trucks working to pump water and parking may be disrupted.

District Heat – Start-up Schedule

We have been working closely with Kingsbury (construction contractor), Hallam-ICS (design engineers) and DPW to prepare for the start-up of the mini-District Heat Montpelier system. As of today (and subject to change as systems are tested and commissioned) Kingsbury will be turning over the heat distribution system to the City on November 18th. The week of November 18th Hallam-ICS and our commissioning agents will be here to assist the City with the final fill of the system, the testing of the system, and the commissioning of the system. It is expected that on Thursday and Friday of that week, we will be providing heat to the system and testing the flow. It is anticipated that the customers of the mini-system will be provided consistent heat as of Monday, November 25th. During the week of November 18th, we will also have Sean McFarling from District Energy St. Paul in Montpelier to guide us on filling the system and starting it up. Mr. McFarling has been one of the head engineers on the project and we look forward to having his expertise in the City that week.

Update - November 4, 2013

Due to rainy weather during the end of last week, paving has been delayed. This week the contractor will be excavating and placing final pavement at Elm Street and Langdon Street.

Also this week the contractors will be completing the connection from the heat main on Main Street to NECI. During this period parking will be limited but two-way traffic will be maintained.

Finally, this week the contractor will finish flushing the distribution system. This involves pumping water into the distribution system and draining it. During this time residents will see large vactor trucks working to pump water and parking may be disrupted.

Paving Update - October 28, 2013

Starting today, the District Heat contractor will be permanently paving the heat distribution route beginning on State Street from Taylor Street to Elm Street. This will involve removing between 2 and 6 inches of temporary pavement currently in place then paving with permanent pavement. During this work parking will be limited and lanes of traffic closed while the route is excavated and then the pavement placed.

More specifically:

Monday (10/28)
 
  • State Street – Contractor will be removing pavement.
Tuesday (10/29)
 
  • State Street – New pavement is placed at excavated areas. Remaining temporary pavement along State Street is excavated. Crews will be excavating the temporary pavement in the alley between the Post Office and the Courthouse and the patch in the city parking lot between Christ Church and Julio’s.
  • Elm Street – Contractor will be removing pavement.
     
Wednesday (10/30)
 
  • State Street – New Pavement is placed at the excavated areas from Tuesday.
  • Behind City Hall – Excavating will start in the area behind City Hall from the building to the Vermont Center of Independent Living and on to East State Street. If feasible, paving will start behind City Hall on Wednesday
     
Thursday (10/31)
 
  • State and Main – Excavation from East State Street onto Main Street and to the crossing to Bethany Church and City Center. Permanent pavement will be placed as time allows.
  • NOTE: Work on Thursday will shut down around 3:30 to accommodate downtown trick or treating.
     
Friday (11/1)
 
  • Shim Coat of State Street: Given the very poor condition and very high visibility of State Street, VTrans has worked with the City to develop a temporary paving plan. VTrans has provided the City with funds to place a shim coat of pavement on State Street. Shim coats (essentially paving over the existing road) are short-term solutions intended to last 3 to 5 years at the most. This will result in a smooth road for this winter. As the shim coat does not require digging into the road, milling the existing surface, and resetting catch basins and utilities, it goes very quickly. Depending on the weather, this work will be done on Friday or Saturday of this week.


Tuesday (11/5)
 
  • Langdon Street – Contractor will be removing temporary pavement. Permanent pavement will be placed as time allows.
  • Taylor Street – Contractor will be removing temporary pavement. Permanent pavement will be placed as time allows.
     
Wednesday (11/8)
 
  • Main Street – Excavation and paving in front of Bethany Church and the connection to NECI
  • Behind City Hall – Excavation and paving in front of 15 East State Street.

     
Update - October 28, 2013

Work will continue this week to clean the heat main system. This involves pumping cleaning agents and water into the distribution system and then draining it. During this time, residents will see large vactor trucks working to pump water, and parking may be disrupted.

This week, the contractor will finish pouring the final slabs. The remaining slabs are located on State Street, on Langdon Street and on Main Street. During the pouring of these slabs, traffic may be reduced to one-lane.

Also this week, significant paving will be done throughout the city. See the complete update below.

This week, work will also start to install the customer connection at NECI on Main Street. Parking will be limited in this area, but two-way traffic will be maintained.

For more information please visit us at http://www.montpelier-vt.org/, like us on Facebook for regular construction updates, or call our District Heat phone line at (802) 262-6200. As we are in the peak of this construction project, we appreciate the continued patience of residents of and visitors to Montpelier. Please expect delays at times and watch for signage and flaggers as you drive through the City.


Paving Update – October 28, 2013

This week there will be several paving projects going on Downtown. The District Heat Montpelier contract will start installing permanent pavement along the heat distribution route. And, as a result of a partnership between the City and VTrans, the City has secured a contractor to place a shim coat of pavement on State Street.


State Street: Toward the end of next week (the particular day will be determined by the weather) a shim coat will be applied to State Street. Shim coats (essentially paving over the existing road) are short-term solutions intended to last 3 to 5 years at the most. This will result in a smooth road for this winter. As the shim coat does not require digging into the road, milling the existing surface, and resetting catch basins and utilities, it goes very quickly. We anticipate that the length of State Street can be shimmed in a day or two.

District Heat Distribution path: Starting on Monday, the District Heat contractor will be doing full depth permanent pavement replacement beginning on State Street from Taylor Street to Elm Street.


Monday (10/28) – Parking on both sides of State Street will be restricted as the contractor removes the temporary 2” thick pavement and gravel to a depth of 6 ½”. Access to the west side of the Capital Plaza (Northfield Savings Bank side) and the corner around Taylor Street will be kept open to vehicles. However, the west entrance will be blocked off when construction equipment approaches that area to remove pavement, but existing temporary pavement will not be removed in front of this entrance until Tuesday. Two-way traffic will be maintained while doing the first half of the roadway, but as the day progresses, traffic will be limited to one direction only. The road will reopen to two way traffic at the end of the day with steel road plates covering the 6 ½” deep trenches crossing the street. However, parking on the Capital Plaza side of the street and the opposite side between the movie theater and the service station will be prohibited or extremely limited.
Tuesday (10/29) – Areas excavated for new pavement along State Street will be paved. The corner of Taylor and State Street and the west entrance to Capital Plaza will be excavated to 6 ½”. One lane stop and go traffic will occur at the location of Taylor Street to Elm Street. After this half of the road is paved and pavement is cooled enough to travel on, two way traffic will be opened up, but there will be no parking in front of Capital Plaza or the opposite side of State Street from Governor Aiken Avenue to the Post office. Pavement will continue on the opposite side of the roadway and at the crossing to Elm Street. A soon as the pavement is cooled enough to travel on, this section of State Street will be open for two way traffic and parking on both sides. While paving is being set down on State Street, excavation crews will be prepping the patch in the alley between the post office and court house, the patch in the city parking lot between Christ Church and Julio’s and Elm Street. Pavement thickness here will only be 4” deep. When prepping on Elm Street, expect delays and one way stop and go traffic coming onto and leaving State and Langdon Streets.
Wednesday (10/30) – Pavement will commence in the alley between the Post Office and Courthouse and the City Parking Lot between Christ Church and Julio’s. Street pavement will be on Elm Street from State Street to Langdon Street. Excavation Crews will prep the area behind City Hall from City Hall to the parking spaces directly behind The Center of Independent Living. This area will be prepped for 4”of paving. Given time, the prep crew will jump from this point onto East State Street skipping Harry Sheridan Ave. At this time, East State Street will be prepped only to 75 feet of the traffic light on East State/ State and Main Street Intersection. Following prep of this area, pavement crew will move behind City Hall and Pave the area prepped in the morning and then jump onto East State Street .During work on East State Street, traffic will be limited to one direction/ stop and go.
Thursday (10/31) – The traffic light at the intersection of State and Main will be controlled by a Sheriff. The excavation crew will start on East State Street prepping for 4” thick pavement. Upon entering Main Street at the intersection, pavement will be prepped to a 6 ½” thickness going half way across the intersection and letting pavement cool enough to allow traffic before continuing on the other side of the intersection. Pavement along Main Street to the crossings between Bethany Church and the City Center. No parking will be allowed during prep and pavement operations. One way/ stop and go traffic might be necessary when crossing the intersection under the traffic light and when coming down East State Street. Two way traffic will be maintained once leaving the intersection and heading down Main Street. Traffic on Main Street will be reduced to one way/ stop and go when crossing the street between Bethany Church and the City Center. Parking along the Langdon Street side will be prohibited until all of Main Street is paved. There is also a section in front of the Bethany Church where parking will be prohibited during pavement. There will be a section left unpaved on East State Street at the entrance of Harry Sheridan Ave on onto Harry Sheridan Ave due to a scheduled manhole and sidewalk replacement in that location. Permanent pavement will be installed from East State Street to Langdon and down Main Street. NOTE: Work on Thursday will shut down around 3:30 to accommodate downtown trick or treating.
Friday (11/1) – Work not finished on Thursday will be finished today. Prep crew will head down Langdon Street prepping for 4” thick pavement replacement followed by the pavers. Due to the one way traffic on Langdon, the street will be shut down for the final time. Stores can be accessed through Hazen Place at this time. No vehicular traffic will be allowed on the pavement until it cools enough to allow this. Following work on Langdon Street, prep crew will move to Taylor Street prepping for 4” thick pavement replacement and as time allows behind the state buildings between the new heating plant and the Department of Agriculture. Due to the narrowness of Taylor Street, one way stop and go traffic will be necessary. Pavement crew will follow behind the prep crew.


UPDATE - October 21, 2013

Last week work was completed on the heat main and all but one customer connection. Over the next few weeks residents and visitors to the City of Montpelier will see the contractor flushing the system, pouring the final slabs to protect the pipes, and completing final paving and sidewalk reconstitution.

Work will start this week to clean and flush the heat main system. This involves pumping cleaning agents and water into the distribution system and then draining it. After this is complete the system will be filled. This requires a great deal of water. This work (including water pulled from the City’s water system) may cause low water pressure in the hill sections of the City. In the event residents and business owners experience dirty water, please leave a cold water faucet running until the line clears. Please be assured that this water is still potable.

This week the contractor will focus on pouring the final slabs and completing the valve structures. Where the heat main pipe is installed closer to the road surface, a slab of concrete must be poured over the pipes to protect it from the impacts of car traffic over the long run. When these slabs are poured the contract will excavate the location, pour the concrete, install a metal plate over this area to let the concrete dry, and then go back in a few days to do the final filling and repavement. Slabs will be installed at (1) Taylor and State, (2) in front of Vermont Mutual, (3) Elm and Langdon, (4) on Langdon Street, (5) on Main Street, and (6) on East State Street. During the pouring of these slabs, traffic may be reduced to one-lane. The remaining valve structures are on Main Street (5 total between Bethany Church and Langdon Street) and at the intersection of Taylor and State Street. This construction mirrors that outlined above for the slabs.

This week work will also start to install the customer connection at NECI on Main Street. Parking will be limited in this area but two-way traffic will be maintained.

UPDATE - October 18, 2013

This Saturday, October 19th, work will continue on Taylor Street and the corner of State Street to finish the last flushing structure in the system. Depending on the degree of completion, this trench may be plated over Sunday and backfilled on Monday morning.

UPDATE - October 14, 2013

No District Heat Montpelier street construction work will take place on Monday, October 14th – Columbus Day.

Work will finish on State Street to connect the customers to the heat main. During this period, traffic may be reduced to one lane. Parking in these areas will also be limited.

This week, crews will be completing the flash chambers at the intersections of State and Taylor, State and Elm, and at Main Street in front of the Three Penny Tap Room. This may require a lane reduction resulting in one lane of traffic.

On Thursday and Friday of this week, the contractor will start filling the system with water to test and flush the pipes. This is a big step for our distribution system! During this period, people may see water pipes running from hydrants into the trenches but travel should not be restricted.


PRESS RELEASE:   (from City and State)
REVISED SCHEDULE FOR DISTRICT HEAT MONTPELIER


UPDATE - October 4, 2013

On Saturday, October 5th, the District Heat contractor will be working on the distribution system components on Main Street in front of Bethany Church. Two lane traffic will be maintained throughout the day although several parking spaces on that side of Main Street will be lost.

UPDATE - October 7, 2013

Work will continue along State Street to connect the customers to the heat main. During this period, traffic may be reduced to one lane. Parking in these areas will also be limited.

At the end of the week, crews will be on Taylor Street to install a flash chamber. This will require the reduction of Taylor Street to one lane of traffic. Please note, earlier in the week Taylor Street will also be reduced to one lane of traffic to accommodate the remediation work being done at the gas station. This is unrelated to the District Heat construction but the result will be that Taylor Street will be reduced to one lane all week.

Also this week, work will continue on Langdon Street to install the heat main and connect customers. This includes efforts to install the heat main pipe under the Langdon Street bridge and the installation of the flushing and valve structures at the Main Street end which may result in a complete street shut down and pedestrian detours. For the Traffic and Pedestrian Plan for Langdon Street, please visit the City’s website.

Dependent upon time and weather, crews will be working on Main Street to install flushing and drainage structures that may limit parking. However, two way traffic will be maintained during this work.


UPDATE - September 30, 2013

Work will continue along State Street to connect the customers to the heat main. Toward the end of the week this will include work to cross State Street to make the customer connections. During this period of time, traffic may be reduced to one lane. Parking in these areas will also be limited. On Saturday, October 5th, the contractor will be working on the connection to the Federal building. This work will be in the driveway and should not impact traffic on State Street.

In the middle of the week, the contractor will be working at the intersection of Langdon and Elm Streets to finish the installation of the equipment at this location.

Also this week, work will continue on Langdon Street to install the heat main and connect customers. Starting on Tuesday and continuing for the rest of the week, the contractor will be working to install the heat main pipe under the Langdon Street bridge. For the complete Traffic and Pedestrian Plan for Langdon Street, please click here.

UPDATE - September 23, 2013

Work will continue along State Street to connect the customers to the heat main line. During this time parking will be limited and traffic may need to be reduced to one-lane with alternating one-way traffic at times to accommodate the installation and the crossing of State Street.

Work will continue at Main Street between East State Street and Langdon Street. Every effort will be made to maintain two-way traffic but may need to be reduced to one-lane stop and go traffic at times as crews work at the intersection.

The final leg of the District Heat mainlines, the installation on Langdon Street, will start on Monday, September 23rd and is likely to continue until the week of October 15th. During this installation residents and visitors can expect full or partial closure of Langdon Street. For the complete Traffic and Pedestrian Plan for Langdon Street, please click here.  


UPDATE - September 16, 2013

Early this week, work will finish up on the pipe installation between Taylor Street and the State’s heat plant behind the DMV building. During this work parking will be limited in the lots but traffic should not be affected.

Work will continue along State Street to connect the customers to the heat main line. During this time parking will be limited and traffic may need to be reduced to one-lane with alternating one-way traffic at times to accommodate the equipment.

Work will continue on Main Street between East State Street and Langdon Street. Weather permitting, pipe installation and below ground excavations between Langdon Street and Main Street and connecting onto East State Street will be completed on Thursday, September 19th. Remaining work at this location will include temporary pavement patch of the trench lines. Every effort will be made to maintain two-way traffic but may need to be reduced to one-lane stop and go traffic at times.

Additionally, the final leg of the District Heat mainlines, the installation on Langdon Street, will start on Wednesday, September 18th. During this installation residents and visitors can expect full or partial closure of Langdon Street.


UPDATE - September 9, 2013

This week, there will be three crews working on the City’s District Heat distribution system.

One crew will be working at Taylor Street running the distribution pipe toward the State’s heat plant behind the DMV building. This work will start on Saturday, September 7th, in the bank parking lot and continue through next week. On Saturday, traffic on Taylor Street may be reduced to alternate one-way traffic between 7:00 am and 1:00 pm to enable the installation of the pipe. During the week, parking will be limited in the lots but traffic should not be affected.

A second crew will be working on East State Street and Main Street between the intersections of Langdon Street and East State Street. As the installation of the distribution pipe will happen at the busy intersection of East State Street and Main Street, the traffic signals will be flashing and there will be a Sheriff and flaggers manually directing traffic. It is anticipated that this will be the case on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Please watch for direction and use caution traveling through this intersection. Toward the end of the week as the crew continues to work at the intersection of Langdon and Main Street, it is possible that traffic will not be able to turn onto Langdon Street as equipment is in place.

The third crew will be working on the connections from the distribution system to the customers at State Street and Elm Street and also on Elm Street. Parking will be limited and traffic may need to be reduced to one-lane with alternating one-way traffic at times to accommodate the equipment.


UPDATE - September 3, 2013

This week there will be three crews working on the City’s District Heat distribution system.

One crew will be working on the connections from the distribution system to the customers along State Street. As these connections are made across State Street, parking will be limited and traffic may need to be reduced to one-lane with alternating one-way traffic at times.

A second crew will be working on Main Street from the alley between Bethany Church and City Center toward Langdon Street. This will include installing pipe across Main Street. On Tuesday and Wednesday as this crossing is made, Main Street will be reduced to one lane with alternating one-way traffic. On Thursday and Friday this crew will be working at the intersection of Main and Langdon Streets. Due to the complex work required at this intersection, traffic will not be able to turn onto Langdon Street thus closing down the Street for two days. It will reopen in the evening but during the day entrance to Langdon will be limited or closed.

The third crew will be finishing drain and valve structures on Elm Street between State and Langdon Streets, continuing to connect customers to the distribution system along State Street, finishing sidewalks and final restoration on School Street and doing exploratory digging where necessary. Toward the end of the week this could include exploratory digging at State and Main resulting in the interruption of this intersection. If this is needed, local sheriffs will be in place to coordinate traffic flow.

UPDATE - August 26, 2013

This week, work will continue on School Street to connect the Kellogg Hubbard Library to the District Heat distribution system. Every effort will be made to ensure that construction does not interrupt the start of school at Union Elementary. The sidewalk on the Library side of School Street will be open to pedestrians. Please watch for flaggers and be safe.

Also this week, crews will return to State Street and Elm Street to complete customer connections. Parking will be limited, but two-way traffic will be maintained.

Travelers can expect that parking will be limited along the construction route and that the crews will be working from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM unless a problem in encountered.


UPDATE - August 12, 2013


On Monday, Elm Street will be closed at Elm and Langdon Streets; Elm Street will be impassable at the Langdon Street intersection. Traffic traveling in to town on Elm Street will be detoured onto Spring Street or at School and Court Streets. Traffic traveling out of town on Elm will be detoured up State, down Main Street and back onto Elm at Spring Street (the rotary). Local traffic only will be allowed to turn on to Elm at State Street and at the School Street/Court Street intersections. Traffic exiting Langdon Street will be directed to turn left or right on to Elm Street depending on the location of the machinery. It is suggested that only local traffic use Langdon Street.

On Tuesday, the above closure will still be in effect. However, Elm Street will be open to one-way stop and go traffic during the rush hours of 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM; closed completely from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (as indicated above) and then open for either one-way stop and go traffic or two-way traffic depending on the construction need.

Also on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday work will continue at the alley between Bethany Church and the City Center approaching Main Street. Every attempt will be made to maintain two-way traffic on Main Street but may need to go down to one-way traffic as pipe is installed at the intersection of Main and the alley.

Starting on Wednesday and continuing through Thursday of the following week, work will recommence on School Street to connect the Library to District Heat. Residents and visitors can expect one-way traffic at times as the pipe is installed across School Street.

Also from Wednesday through the weekend, a crew will work on pipe installation at the State’s Heat Plant between the River and State Street. This should not disturb traffic but may take up parking in the State lot off of Taylor Street. Weekend work on Taylor Street and the Chittenden Bank parking lot will make that parking lot inaccessible and will create one-way stop and go traffic on Taylor Street.

Travelers can expect that parking will be limited along the construction route and that the crews will be working from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM unless a problem in encountered.

UPDATE - August 5, 2013

As we get into August, District Heat Montpelier construction will be very heavy and potentially disruptive to traffic patterns in downtown Montpelier. Please be patient as you drive through the city.

This week, work will continue on East State Street heading toward Main Street. Every effort will be made to maintain alternate one-way traffic. However, as the construction approaches the intersection of East State Street and Main, traffic may not be able to turn onto Main Street from East State Street. Please watch for detour signs on East State Street. It is expected that from Wednesday, August 7th, through the week of August 12th, drivers can expect to see the lights at the intersection of State Street and Main Street flashing and traffic directed by a uniformed officer as East State Street is closed and the construction starts on Main Street.

This week's work will also continue at the intersection of State Street and Elm Street with the installation of the pipe starting up Elm Street toward Langdon Street. There will be alternating one-way traffic on Elm Street this week. It is anticipated that on Monday, August 12th, it will be necessary to close Elm Street for a period of time to allow the pipe to be installed across the Street to Langdon Street. During this period, there will be signage on Elm Street directing traffic to the detour route. Additionally at this time, access from Langdon Street to Elm Street may be limited.

Travelers can expect that parking will be limited along the construction route and that the crews will be working from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM unless a problem is encountered. 

As we get into the peak of this construction project, we appreciate the continued patience of residents of, and visitors to, Montpelier. Please expect delays at times and watch for signage and flaggers as you drive through the city. Perhaps considering walking or biking to avoid delays – the weather is expected to be great!

UPDATE - July 29, 2013

Monday and Tuesday: Work will continue at the intersection of East State Street and Harry Sheridan Avenue. Harry Sheridan Avenue will be closed for portions of the work.
Construction will also be taking place on State Street near the Elm Street intersection. Access to the 60 State Street Lot will not be available on Tuesday.

Wednesday – Friday: Construction will progress along Elm Street from State Street towards Langdon Street. Elm Street will be limited to one-way traffic during this time. Work will also progress along East State Street from Harry Sheridan Avene towards Main Street. East State Street will be limited to one-direction traffic. Vehicles will be able to travel up East State Street from Main Street but East State Street will be closed to traffic heading west at the intersection of Hubbard Street. Local traffic will be able to access the lower portion of East State Street to Harry Sheridan Avenue.


UPDATE -  July 22, 2013  (Amendment Posted July 24th)

Construction will continue at the intersection of State Street and Elm Street for the remainder of this week and into next week. Elm Street is scheduled to be closed at the intersection of State Street this Friday 7/26/13. The 60 State Street lot will remain open until Tuesday 7/30/13 at which time it will be closed for the installation of the piping across the driveway.

Additionally work will continue along Harry Sheridan Ave, which will be reduced to one-way traffic for the remainder of this this week and the first part of next week.


UPDATE – July 22, 2013

The mainline crew will continue on State Street. On Monday, July 22nd and Tuesday, July 23rd, they will be working on the State Street Crossing (one-way alternating traffic); on Wednesday, July 24th, 60 State Street Parking Lot will be closed; and on Thursday, July 25th, Elm Street will be closed at its intersection with State Street. Signage will be placed on Monday, and the affected business will be personally contacted.

Curb and sidewalk work will continue on School Street.

Piping installation in Pitkin Court will continue.


UPDATE – July 15, 2013

This week work to install district heat pipe will continue on State Street moving east toward Elm Street. Toward the end of the week the contractor will be crossing State Street at Elm Street where the installation will continue down Elm Street. This street crossing will require a lane shutdown as the trench is dug across the Street. Residents can expect one-way traffic on State Street for approximately two days.

This week another crew will continue to work in the parking lot behind City Hall and the Fire Department. Pitkin Court, the alley between City Hall and the Fire Department, will remain closed and parking will be limited in the lots between East State Street and Main Street.

A third crew will be conducting exploratory digging throughout the City and working on the sidewalk installation on School Street.

This week travelers can expect that parking will be limited along the construction route and there will be one-way traffic at times. Work hours are expected to be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM unless a problem in encountered.

UPDATE – July 1, 2013

This update is for the week of July 1st and the week of July 8th. Due to the rain this week, some of the work originally scheduled for this week will be done over the next two weeks.

On Monday, July 1st the contractor will continue to install district heat pipe on State Street moving east toward Elm Street. On Tuesday, July 2nd, the contractor will be placing temporary paving over the trench on State Street in preparation for the Independence Day festivities and the parade planned for June 3rd. There will be no City District Heat work done on Wednesday, July 3rd through Friday, July 5th on State Street.

During the week of July 1st, it is anticipated that work will be done on School Street and in the alley between Bethany Church and City Center. The contractor will be paving this area, installing curbing, and pouring the new sidewalk.

During the week of July 8th, the contractor will have three crews working in the City. One crew will continue working on State Street toward Elm. One crew will start in the parking lot behind City Hall. And one crew will be conducting exploratory digging on Elm Street and Main Street.

During the week of July 8th, travelers can expect that parking will be limited along the construction route and there will be one-way traffic at times. Work hours are expected to be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM unless a problem in encountered.

UPDATE – June 24, 2013

During the week of Monday, June 21st through Friday, June 28th, crews will be working on State Street and around School Street to install district heat piping in the City.

It is anticipated that work will be wrapped up on School Street and in the alley between Bethany Church and City Center next week. The contractor will be paving and patching this area at the end of the week. It is also anticipated that the curbing will be replaced on School Street and then the sidewalk poured the following week.

This week work will continue along State Street toward Elm Street. Parking will be limited along State Street and travelers can expect one-way traffic at times.

Additionally, in the next few weeks the contractor will be conducting exploratory excavation along the construction route. This will involve excavation and backfilling at key points in the project and specifically at State and Elm and on Main Street. Travelers can expect detoured traffic during this exploratory excavation.

Work hours are expected to be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM unless a problem in encountered.


UPDATE – June 17, 2013

During the week of Monday, June 17th, through Friday, June 21st, crews will be working around School Street and on Taylor Street to install district heat piping in the City.

Work will wrap up in the alley between Bethany Church and City Center next week. The contractor will be paving and patching this area at the end of the week. It is also anticipated that the curbing will be replaced on School Street at the end of the week and then the sidewalk with be poured.

This week work will continue on Taylor Street turning onto State Street mid-week. Work will continue along State Street toward Elm Street over the next few weeks. Parking will be limited along State Street and travelers can expect one-way traffic at times.

Work hours are expected to be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM unless a problem in encountered.


UPDATE – June 10, 2013

During the week of Monday, June 10th, through Friday, June 14th, crews will be working on School Street and Taylor Street to install district heat piping in the City.

Work will wrap up on School Street and in the Fairpoint lot early next week. Due to inclement weather, the sidewalk and curbing along School Street will be reinstalled in the following weeks.

Next week will be a big week on Taylor Street. On Tuesday the contractor will mobilize to Taylor Street. On Wednesday (rain date: Thursday) Taylor Street will be shut down completely from approximately 10:00 am to noon to allow for heat pipe to be installed across the road. During this time all foot and car traffic will be rerouted. Please watch for detour signs and flaggers. Once this pipe is placed across the street work will continue in either direction along the sidewalk and the street will open to one-way traffic. By the end of the week and into the following weeks the contractor will work on State Street continuing toward Main Street. Work hours are expected to be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM unless a problem in encountered.

UPDATE – June 3, 2013

During the week of Monday, June 3rd, through Friday, June 7th, crews will continue working on excavating and installing district heat piping in the City.

Work is continuing in the alley behind Fairpoint and Bethany Church. Laying of the line and service through the alley will be wrapped up by June 7th. Due to inclement weather in the last weeks, the new curbing will not be installed on School Street until the week of June 10th.

It is anticipated that work will begin on Taylor Street the week of June 3rd. Initially, pipe will be installed under the sidewalk on the capitol building side of Taylor. However, late in the week, it is anticipated that pipe will need to be laid across Taylor Street, thus shutting down the street for a period of time, hopefully, between peak hours of traffic flow. Please watch for flaggers and detour signs during this period.

Along the construction routes it is expected that parking will be significantly reduced to allow two-way traffic as much as possible. Work hours are expected to be 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM unless a problem in encountered.

UPDATE – May 27, 2013

Construction on the Montpelier District Heat Project is underway. During the week of Tuesday, May 27th to Friday, May 31st there will be two crews working on excavating and installation of district heat piping in the City.

Work is nearing completion on School Street. This week the work near Union Elementary School will be wrapping up. New curbing will be installed along the disrupted sidewalk this week and we anticipate that next week new sidewalk will be installed.

Additionally, in this area, work will continue in the alley behind Fairpoint and Bethany Church. As work is done at the corner of School Street and the alley, there will be a period of one way traffic while work is completed in the middle of the intersection. Parking will also be limited along the sidewalk as it is replaced.

After exploratory digging on Taylor Street last week, it is anticipated that work will begin on Taylor Street on Tuesday. Initially, pipe will be installed under the sidewalk on the capitol building side of Taylor. However, late in the week, it is anticipated that pipe will need to be laid across Taylor Street thus shutting down the street for a period of time. Please watch for flaggers and detour signs during this period.

Along the construction routes it is expected that parking will be significantly reduced to allow two-way traffic as much as possible. Work hours are expected to be 7:00 am to 6:00 pm unless a problem in encountered.


UPDATE – May 20, 2013

Construction on the Montpelier District Heat Project is underway. During the week of Monday, May 20th to Friday, May 24th there will be two crews working on excavating and installation of district heat piping in the City.

Work is ongoing at School Street. This week this work will start down the alleyway through the Fairpoint parking lot and between City Center and Bethany Church. This work is expected to last through this week wrapping up the week of May 27th.

This week another crew will start work on Taylor Street. Initially this work will be under the sidewalk on the west side of the Street – the Capitol building side of the street. This work will continue toward State Street and then will turn onto State Street toward Elm Street. It is expected that from May 20th to July 2nd the contractor will be working on these sections of Taylor and State Street.

Along the construction routes it is expected that parking will be significantly reduced to allow two-way traffic to continue. Work hours are expected to be 7:00 am to 5:00 pm unless a problem in encountered.

UPDATE – May 13, 2013

Construction on the Montpelier District Heat Project is underway. During the week of May 13th to May 17th the contractor will be working on School Street. Work will include pipe installation and welding for the heat distribution system. It is anticipated that the contractor will need to dig across School Street at certain times during the week therefore allowing only one-way traffic. Every effort will be made to maintain two-way traffic during the rest of the week. Parking will be restricted for the week and the sidewalk on the south side of the street is impassable.

Residents and families are reminded that active welding will be taking place. It is dangerous to look directly at the welding arc as it can damage the eyes. Please use caution when walking by the site and discourage your children from looking directly at the arc during active welding.

Work hours are expected to be 7:00 am to 6 pm unless there is an emergency and extended the hours are needed.


UPDATE - May 6, 2013

Construction on the Montpelier District Heat Project is underway. During the week of May 6th to May 10th the contractor will have a crew on State Street and a crew on School Street. Work hours are expected to be 7:00 am to 6 pm unless there is an emergency need to extend the hours.

On State Street, the water work to replace old lines will wrap up this week. The contractor will be restoring the curb, sidewalk, and placing temporary pavement. Parking will be limited in order to maintain two-way traffic on State Street.

This week, work to install, weld, place the hot water pipe for the heat distribution system will continue on School Street. Residents and families are reminded that active welding will be taking place. It is dangerous to look directly at the welding arc as it can damage the eyes. Please use caution when walking by the site and discourage your children from looking directly at the arc during active welding. Two-way traffic will be maintained on School Street however parking will be restricted. Additionally, the sidewalk on the south side of the street is not passable.


UPDATE – April 26, 2013
Significant Change Anticipated for District Heat Construction Schedule

Today the City announced significant schedule changes on the District Heat construction schedule starting next week. Starting, Monday, April 29th, Kingsbury Companies, LLC will have two crews working. One crew will remain at the State Street location and one will start on School Street.

On State Street, the water work currently underway will wrap up next week. In the following weeks, work will begin to lay the piping for the heat distribution system on Taylor Street toward State Street and turning right onto State Street. This work is anticipated to start on May 6th and continue until June 6th.

On School Street, work will begin on installing the piping for the heat distribution system to Union Elementary School. This work will start on at the Fairpoint parking lot on School Street on April 29th and is anticipated to end at the Union Elementary School on May 16th.

This schedule change is needed as the first shipment of pipe arrived this week without required fittings to install larger pipe in the center of the system. Kingsbury Companies, LLC currently has the material needed onsite to start work on the leg along School Street. In the interest of continuing work on the project, the decision was made to alter the schedule to allow the crews to move forward.

Efforts are currently underway to ease what is anticipated to be a challenging traffic flow around Union Elementary School during drop-off and pick-up times. Specifically, the City and Contractor are posting signage in the area, the School is partnering with the City to notify families, and the Montpelier Police Department has offered additional assistance starting next week to help facilitate safe and effective drop-offs and pick-ups.

Parking will be significantly reduced along School Street to allow two-way traffic to continue during construction. Vehicles parked on Cedar Street may experience significant delays exiting. At times during the construction on School Street, the sidewalk on the south side of the Street will not be accessible as the pipe is being installed.

For more information and an updated map of the construction calendar please visit us at http://www.montpelier-vt.org/, like us on Facebook for regular construction updates, or call our District Heat phone line at (802) 262-6200.

UPDATE - April 19, 2013
During the week of April 22nd to 26th, the contractor will be continuing on the water work on State Street from Taylor St to Elm St. Traffic will be reduced to one lane at times throughout the week while the contractor makes the interconnections from the 12 inch water main to the services and cuts, caps and abandons the 8 inch water main. For more information on the Montpelier District Heat Project please visit us at http://www.montpelier-vt.org/ or like us on Facebook for regular construction updates.

UPDATE – April 16, 2013
Digging starts tomorrow on State Street. To maintain two-way traffic, parking will be limited on State Street from Taylor Street to the Post Office. Find more information here: http://www.montpelier-vt.org/.

UPDATE – April 12, 2013
Public Meeting to discuss the Montpelier District Heat Project – April 15th
The City of Montpelier will hold a public meeting on Monday, April 15th at 5:30 p.m. to discuss construction related to the Montpelier District Heat Project. Construction starts on April 16th on State Street. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall (39 Main Street.) More information on the Montpelier District Heat Project can be found here: http://www.montpelier-vt.org/. If you have questions about the meeting, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (802) 223-9502.


Tentative project schedule as of June 2011

The District Heat project is being developed in conjunction with the State of Vermont. The Vermont Division of Buildings and General Service (BGS) will be responsible for developing all aspects of the Heat Plant (reconstruction and expansion of current heat plant behind the Department of Motor Vehicles, 120 State Street), and the City of Montpelier will be responsible for all aspect of the hot water heat distribution system that will run from the heat plant westerly to the high school and easterly into to downtown Montpellier to the City Hall complex and Union Elementary school.

It is anticipated that the project would generally be developed as follows:
  • Complete preliminary design and permitting – Summer 2011
  • Issue Request for Proposal for major components – Fall 2011
  • Complete final design and obtain permits and approvals – January 2012
  • Issue Request for Proposals for construction and installation – February 2012
  • Commence construction – Spring 2012
  • Commission new Heat Plant and District Heating system – Spring 2013
There may be cost-saving opportunities to complete discrete limited elements of the project in calendar year 2011, such as coordinating with other planned construction and infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves would allow the project to more easily meet the intended schedule, cause less inconveniences and have the potential to save money.

UPDATE:  August 2010

On August 5, 2010, the City of Montpelier issued an RFP for the Design, Permitting, and Construction of a District Energy Plant.


UPDATE - February 2009

The City Council voted on February 11, 2009 to issue an RFP to solicit a partner for the development of the District Energy Plant in the city. The full text of the RFP is available by clicking on the link below:
 

In addition, the city will be submitting a grant application to the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund for $100,000 to assist with siting and permitting the facility. A draft copy of the grant application, due February 27, 2009, is available from the planning office: ghallsmith@montpelier-vt.org. When it has been finalized, it will be available for review here on the web site.

The city was featured in advocacy work done by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) as being qualified to receive some of the stimulus package authorized by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. A copy of this short publication can be found by clicking on the link below:
 
EISA Section 471 Final - 2 pages, 179 KB PDF

UPDATE - October 2008
Feasibility Study for Montpelier District Energy Plant completed!

Below is a link to a copy of the Feasibility Study Document.
 
District Energy Plant Study - 2.3 MB, 62 pgs PDF

UPDATE - June 2006

 
MONTPELIER DISTRICT HEATING TO GET UPDATED ASSESSMENT
SEEKS COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE

Montpelier’s plans for a downtown district heating system are getting a fresh look this summer as the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) revisits the assumptions about project costs and existing heating systems in Montpelier’s buildings. BERC is seeking the public’s assistance to make certain its information about downtown buildings is accurate.

A district energy system uses a central plant to provide thermal energy in the form of hot water or steam delivered via underground pipes to multiple buildings. This replaces the need for individual, building-based boilers and furnaces. District energy systems operate in St. Paul, Minnesota, New York City and dozens of cities and communities across the country. In Montpelier, the plan has been to extend the wood-fired state-complex system to provide hot water to heat part or all of the neighboring downtown commercial area.

BERC’s Executive Director Tim Maker notes, “Five years ago we initiated a feasibility assessment based on an inventory of the heating systems in downtown buildings, the costs of fuel and assumptions about the capacity of the State’s boiler system. A lot has changed since then – fuel costs have more than doubled, the State is moving ahead with plans for a new boiler system and many downtown building have changed their heating systems. It is clearly time to revisit our assumptions about this opportunity.”

Step one has been updating the information about the heating systems of buildings in Montpelier’s downtown. Project Manager Nancy Wasserman has been compiling this information over the past few months. With the City’s assistance, the buildings have all been mapped by fuel source, type of heat distribution and age of the heating system.

BERC is seeking the community’s assistance in making certain the information is accurate. Copies of the maps will be on display during the week of June 19 in the Coffee Corner window. They will also be available for review from June 19-30 at Montpelier City Hall, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and at BERC’s offices at 50 State Street as well as on the City’s web site. Information about how to correct the data will be available at each display site.

Once the downtown data is accurate, BERC’s district energy engineer will prepare an updated design and preliminary implementation plan for the downtown pipe loops. Revised cost assessments will then be prepared. BERC expects to present the results of its assessment to the community at a public meeting in September. “When BERC and the City looked at this a few years ago,” comments Wasserman, “the economics were OK if the system could secure enough customers. The combination of substantially higher fuel prices and the State’s plans for an enhanced boiler plant may make the system a lot more financially attractive to building owners. This updated assessment will let us get a sense of how much better.”

Both the Montpelier and City-State Master Plans support developing a combined district energy system. Beyond the finances, the interest in district heating for the Montpelier community has been propelled by a number of benefits. When connected to the State’s boiler central boiler plant, downtown buildings will be able to be heated through much of the winter with wood chips. This would also improve air emissions by replacing lots of small heating plants with one large professionally managed plant. A downtown district energy system will reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels, insure energy security, build the local economy, reduce greenhouse gases, enhance forest health by providing a market for low-grade wood, and dramatically cut the number of oil and propane tanks in the Winooski River floodplain. In 2003, the citizens of Montpelier authorized a $250,000 bond for the City's share of the development of the community system.

The Biomass Energy Resource Center is an independent, nonprofit organization established by public and private sector leaders to assist in the development of biomass energy projects across the United States. Based in Montpelier, BERC provides a wide range of technical assistance in assessing, developing and implementing wood energy projects.

Contact -
Nancy Wasserman, 229-8096
Tim Maker, 223-7770

2003 Annual City Meeting
As part of the Annual City Meeting on March 4, 2003, the citizens of Montpelier were asked to vote on a $250,000 bond to expand the existing district heating to include the municipal buildings in and around City Hall. The following is the specific article excerpted from the Annual City Meeting Warning:

ARTICLE 11. YES: 1273 (59.3%) NO: 875 (40.7%)
To see if the voters will authorize the City Council to borrow a sum not to exceed $250,000 for the City's share of the development of the District Heating System involving the State of Vermont's central heating plant in the state complex and the installation of hot water transmission mains from the plant to the City of Montpelier's municipal complex in and around City Hall. If approved, bonds would be issued for a term of 20 years. With a 20 year bond, approximately $7,617 would be required for the first year interest payment and approximately $23,580 for the second year principal and interest payment and future payments declining each year as the principal is repaid.

2001 Feasibility Assessment

The following report, prepared by Community Energy Systems CANMET Natural Resources Canada, is a pre-feasibility assessment that evaluates the impact of a revised district energy system within Montpelier. It is in Adobe Acrobat Reader format.
 

More information about Community Energy Systems CANMET Natural Resources Canada can be found at:

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