Electric Capital Improvement Projects

New 2017 - Fall River Corridor

This project will move the main line underground and upgrade overhead lines to an insulated tree cable along portions of MacGregor Avenue, Big Horn Drive, and Fall River Road. Once completed, this will decrease the number of outages in the Fall River area. 

Project updates will be posted here.

Map of electric work on Fall River Rd  Map of electric work on MacGregor Ave and Big Horn Dr

Update: April 20, 2017

The Town of Estes Park recently completed the MacGregor Avenue utility improvement project, reopening the road to through traffic. Since then, natural spring runoff is causing settlement issues that require mitigation, both for the near-term benefit to the public and to prepare for the permanent road reconstruction project this summer. To complete the mitigation work, the Utilities Department will close MacGregor Avenue again, tentatively April 24-27 weather permitting. 

MacGregor Avenue will be closed to northbound through traffic from Wonderview Avenue to Big Horn Drive. (Local northbound traffic will be maintained.) Southbound traffic (local and through traffic) will be detoured onto Big Horn Drive. Watch for traffic control signage around the work zone. For safety, all pedestrians and cyclists must avoid the construction zone for the duration of this project.

Separate from the Town's project, TDS is expected to work on its utilities in the same area for approximately two to three weeks. The company will direct traffic from one lane to the other as required. For more information, please contact TDS directly.

Next for this area of MacGregor Avenue will be the permanent road reconstruction project, tentatively planned for early this summer. For project updates, please visit www.estes.org/macgregoravenue

Update: April 13, 2017

Light and Power's portion of the underground work is complete. The department will continue maintaining MacGregor Avenue until it is repaved. Crews will begin upgrading poles and replacing the overhead line with tree cable along Big Horn Drive in the coming weeks.

Update: March 30, 2017

Trenching for the new underground is expected to be completed by the end of this week. Over the past two weeks, crews pulled in the new primary powerline, constructed transformer boxes and switches, and placed new dead-end poles. Crews will switch the power from the overhead line to the new underground line during a scheduled outage Tuesday, April 4. Power is scheduled to be out from 4 AM to 2 PM. Check this map to see the affected area: https://arcg.is/0TKmWS

Update: March 17, 2017

The underground portion of this project is being done in collaboration with the Water Department. Work began the first week of March, with MacGregor Avenue closing to through traffic during work days. This allows crews to safely and efficiently trench, lay conduit and water pipe, and construct the required electrical infrastructure. Construction on the electrical upgrades is on track to be completed by April 14, 2017.

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Continuing from 2016 - Highway 7: Marys Lake Area

Improvements to the electric line along Highway 7 in the Marys Lake area begun last year continue. These electric line replacements are required to increase electrical service reliability for customers along Highway 7 and in the Allenspark area. Placing the primary line underground will provide higher quality service and reduce future outages. Critical portions of the electric line have been moved underground along the highway around Marys Lake, the Baldpate Inn, and Lily Lake. Overhead power lines from Cheley Camp to Highway 7 have been replaced with overhead tree cable. 

Project updates will continue to be posted here.

Update: April 13, 2017

Crews are working to replace the remaining overhead transformers with underground transformers. Contractors are scheduled to begin the final road bores under Highway 7 and Mary's Lake Road in the next week. Light and Power crews will then be able to lay the last stretches of conduit and pull in power line. 

Update: March 30, 2017

Electrical service along the Homer Rouse Trail has fully transitioned to the new underground lines. The old overhead electrical lines have been removed and the poles topped down to the remaining phone and cable lines. Crews have been cleaning up the construction area and repairing Fish Creek Road below the Baldpate Inn.

Update: March 17, 2017

Trenching work to replace existing overhead electric lines with underground lines is complete except for road boring under Highway 7 and Marys Lake Road. Crews have finished pulling wire through the underground conduit and constructing electrical cabinets along the Homer Rouse Trail. Crews will be removing the old overhead electrical lines along the Homer Rouse Trail. Access to the Homer Rouse Trail open.

Trenching   Laying powerline conduit
Electric line conduit   Laying electrical conduit