Central Power Plant project to cause sidewalk closures and parking structure detours

July 14, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

In support of the Central Power Plant (CPP) Expansion Project, the steam pathway of the entire CPP will need to be cleaned, which will also require the closures of U-M sidewalks immediately adjacent to the CPP and along Palmer Drive and parking structure detours.

This phase is expected to begin on Monday, July 19 and last through Sunday, Aug. 1.

Please be advised that the CPP cleaning will produce a fairly continuous steam release that will result in temporary noise and visible steam at ground level, that may be noticeable to Michigan Medicine employees in the area.

Pedestrian and vehicle traffic will follow posted detour signage during this work.

Palmer Parking Structure impacts

  • The ramp to Level 3 will be closed
  • Levels 3 and 4 will be closed to parkers
  • West entry/exit that serves visitor parking will be closed, including pedestrian access
  • Visitors, along with permit parkers, will be required to use the structure’s east access
  • Attendants will be onsite (weekdays) and visitors will be charged a daily rate of $10 to park (the $10 rate applies to all users and department QR codes will not be accepted during this time frame)
  • Permit parkers, with required permits, will not be charged for parking

Fletcher Parking Structure impacts

  • The Fletcher Parking Structure will remain accessible from Fletcher Street
  • The east side of the Plaza Level will be closed to parkers
  • East entry/exit at Palmer Drive will be closed, including pedestrian access
  • Parkers with system card access should use Palmer or Thayer Structures as alternatives during this time

Palmer Drive

  • Palmer Drive will be controlled access for construction and deliveries only, west of the Palmer Parking Structure’s east entry/exit
  • With pedestrian access closed at the west end of Palmer Drive for both parking structures, to access the Plaza Level, pedestrians will need to either use the east end of Palmer Drive or elevators to/from the Plaza Level

Please watch for increased construction traffic, materials and workers in the area.