MEC – May Construction Update



There’s light at the end of the tunnel, literally, as we prepare to bring fiber internet to life at Lyndon Township Hall.

In this week’s construction update, Township officials announced that the cabinet and vault were installed last week, and they anticipate that service will be active for next week’s open house.

Your MEC Internet Team will be on site on May 22, and we invite you to stop by any time between 3-6 p.m. to ask questions and actually test drive the service that’s coming your way soon. At 6 p.m. we’ll host an informational session: Tips, Tricks and Helpful Hints After Your Service Is Installed.

If you can’t join us this month, please stop by on June 13 between 3-7 p.m. We’re bringing the popular Cutting the Cord presentation every hour beginning at 3, teaching you how to cut the cord from traditional television providers and use your new fiber internet with streaming services to access the content that you want and need.

More than 800 of your friends and neighbors across Lyndon Township are signed up for fiber internet. We look forward to serving you soon!

Construction update 5-5 to 5-18

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Work completed 5/5 through 5/11:
  • 4 crews on-site
  • Bored 290 feet on Werkner Road (Werkner PON)
  • Bored 812 feet on Mester Road (Werkner PON)
  • Installed 15 pedestals in Werkner PON
  • Completed boring along mainline connecting the southeast corner of Lyndon Township to Township Hall
Work to be completed 5/12 through 5/18:
  • 4 to 5 crews on-site
  • Begin to pull cable along this mainline connecting the southeast corner of Lyndon Township and Township Hall
  • Bore on Waterloo Road, Boyce Road and Mester Road
  • MEC to place NID and other equipment at Township Hall for upcoming activation
  • Continue planning for May 22 Open House / Learning Education Session –Tips, Tricks and Helpful Hints After Your Service Is Installed.

Please Read – Drop Installation Process – MISS DIG

The following information will help to better understand the home installation (Drop) process.   MEC (Midwest Energy and Communication) will be doing this work.  Pay particular attention to MISS DIG information.

The word Drop,  refers to the the process of bringing the fiber optic cable from the road and attaching it to your home.   As a home owner there is information you should be aware of related to this process.

  • Please do not call MISS DIG  on your own for this project.  MEC’s  Underground Contractor will call in a request to Miss Dig. Miss Dig will locate all public underground facilities on your property – electric, natural gas and telephone.
    Once this locating is done, you will see utility flags on your property.
  • When you see this utility flags on your property from the MISS DIG locating process,  it is a good time to mark any buried, personal facilities you may have. The home owner is responsible for marking/identifying  any personal underground facilities, including but not limited to:  sprinkler systems, propane lines, septic lines, water lines, etc.  Cones or  spray paint are good ways to do this
  • MEC does not contact people before beginning work on their property, unless you requested that during the sign up process. If you would like a telephone notification, please email internetinfo@teammidwest.com or call  MEC at 800.492.5989.

Please review this presentation regarding the drop process-

LYNDON TWP March Presentation FINAL

Construction Update 4-7 to 4-20

Work completed 4/7 through 4/13:
  • 2 to 3 crews on-site
  • Frost laws lifted on April 8
  • Bored 1,681 feet on Werkner Road between Wildflower Ridge and Waterloo Road (Werkner PON)
  • Installed 3 pedestals on Werkner Road
  • Worked on road crossings and tying in lines for completed borings
  • Residents who have still not signed up received door tags
  • 740 total sign-ups
Work to be completed 4/14 through 4/20:
  • 4 to 5 crews on-site
  • Bore on Wildflower Ridge and Waterloo Road (crossing Werkner Road)
  • Work on road crossings and tying in lines for completed borings back through Island Lake PON
  • Order tracer wire
  • Pick-up cabinet / vault and deliver to Township Hall
  • MEC at Lyndon Township Hall on April 17 for the Open House (10:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Education Session (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm) – In-Home Installation

Construction Update 4-06

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Work completed 3/31 through 4/6:
  • 1 to 2 crews on-site
  • Bored 1,417 feet on Werkner Road (Werkner PON)
  • Installed 4 pedestals on Werkner Road
  • Worked on road crossings and tying in lines for completed borings
  • Moved equipment to new staging area in Lyndon Township
  • Received 3rd post card from MEC to sign-up for broadband service if not already signed up
  • 700 total sign-ups
Work to be completed 4/7 through 4/13:
  • 2 to 3 crews on-site
  • Frost laws to be lifted on April 8
  • Continue boring on Werkner Road, Island Lake Road and N. Territorial Road (mainline from southeast corner of Lyndon Township to Township Hall)
  • Work on road crossings and tying in lines for completed borings
  • Schedule cabinet / vault delivery to Township Hall
  • Start planning for the April 17 Open House (10:00 am to 6:00 pm) / Education Session (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm) – In-Home Installation

Construction update 3-24 to 4-6

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Work completed 3/24 through 3/30:
  • 2 crews on-site
  • Bored 822 feet on Werkner Road (Werkner PON)
  • Installed 7 pedestals on Werkner Road
  • Attended in-person Broadband Implementation Committee meeting on March 26
  • Over 75 Lyndon Township residents attended the first MEC Open House / Learning Education Series on Drop Installations on March 27.  Lyndon Township residents also learned about the update order for PON construction:
    • Werkner PON
    • Island Lake PON
    • Central Office PON
    • Boyce PON
    • Sugarloaf PON
    • Guinan PON
    • Long Lake PON
    • Wild Goose PON
    • Bruin PON
    • Joslin PON
    • Ellsworth PON
  • Delivered complete pedestal mock-up to Lyndon Township Hall for residents to see
Work to be completed 3/31 through 4/6:
  • 2 crews on-site
  • Finish boring on Werkner Road until the frost laws are lifted
  • Work on road crossings and tying in lines for completed borings
  • Move equipment to new staging area in Lyndon Township

Construction update 3-17 to 3-30

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Work completed 3/17 through 3/23:
  • 3 to 4 crews on-site
  • Bored 1,682 feet on Werkner Road (Werkner PON)
  • Bored 952 feet on Werkner Road (Island Lake PON)
  • Provided Eastern Massassagua Rattlesnake (EMR) training to existing and incoming crews. Training including identifying, completing a construction walk-down, and reporting an encounter with the EMR.
  • H&M met with Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) for work stoppage during seasonal weight restrictions (aka “frost laws”) on WCRC roads
  • Mailed out 3rd MEC marketing postcard
  • 644 total sign-ups
Work to be completed 3/24 through 3/30:
  • 2 crews on-site
  • Continue boring on Werkner Road (minimal effort during seasonal weight restrictions on WCRC roads)
  • Work on road crossings and tying in lines for completed borings
  • Attend in-person Broadband Implementation Committee meeting on March 26
  • Lyndon Township residents attend first MEC Open House / Learning Education Series (Drop Installation) on March 27

Construction Update week ending 3/16/2019

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Work completed 3/10 through 3/16:
  • 3 crews on-site
  • Bored 815 feet on Werkner Road (Werkner PON)
  • Bored 1,537 feet on Werkner Road (Island Lake PON)
  • Bored 420 feet on N Territorial (Central Office PON)
  • Lyndon Township, H&M and MEC drop contractors attended Future Path (for drops around lakes) training
  • Developed materials for Eastern Massassagua Rattlesnake training
  • Finalized plans and marketing for March 27 Open House with MEC at Lyndon Township Hall.  MEC staff will be there from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm there will be an education session on The Drop Installation Process:  This is a key step in the process as build the service drop to your home. Learn how to prepare for this step, what happens on your property, and what follows.
  • 633 total sign-ups
Work to be completed 3/17 through 3/23:
  • 3 to 4 crews on-site
  • Continue boring on Werkner Road and N Territorial Road
  • Work on road crossings and tying in lines for completed borings
  • Obtain additional details regarding splicing
  • Order first batch of tracer wire
  • Finalize arrangements for equipment staging area in Lyndon Township
  • Provide Massassagua Rattlesnake training to existing and incoming crews
  • Schedule in-person Broadband Implementation Committee meeting

Construction Update Week ending 3/9/2019

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Work completed 3/3 through 3/9:

  • 3 crews on-site
  • Bored 794 feet on Werkner Road (Werkner PON)
  • Bored 2,017 feet on N Territorial (Central Office PON)
  • 620 total sign-ups
Work to be completed 3/10 through 3/16:
  • 3 crews on-site
  • Continue boring on Werkner Road and N Territorial Road
  • Finalize drop construction work
  • Attend Future Path training (Lyndon Township, H&M and MEC drop contractor)
  • Finalize plans and marketing for March 27 Open House with MEC at Lyndon Township Hall.  Open House will be followed-up with an Education Session on The Drop Installation Process: This is a key step in the process as build the service drop to your home. Learn how to prepare for this step, what happens on your property, and what follows.
  • Provide training to bring additional crews on-site
  • Put together training materials to add to H&M on-boarding for spring / summer encounters with Eastern Massassagua Rattlesnake