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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. The work area for this project is outlined on the map above.
Project updates will be posted here.
Update: August 31, 2017
With the summer rains finally letting up, crews have been able to move onto the next phase of this project. In mid-August, crews began removing the old wire running across MacGregor Ranch from the upper end of Big Horn Drive to Fall River Road. Crews also began setting new poles and pulling in wire along the same stretch. In the coming weeks, crews will work with a local blasting company to set poles on the Fall River Road side of the line.
Update: May 25, 2017
Crews have finished hanging the insulated tree cable along Big Horn Drive. This portion of the project required the installation of two new electric poles and over 6000 feet of new powerline.
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.
The Smart Grid allows for two-way communication between components of the electrical infrastructure. This communication results in more efficiency in the transmission and delivery of power to customers, quicker restoration of power after an outage, and better integration of renewable and customer generated power. Visit SmartGrid.gov to find out more about the development of the Smart Grid nationwide.
Part of Light & Power's improvements to its electrical system is the integration of Smart Grid technology. Smart meters form the backbone of the local smart grid, providing real-time information on a customer's power status and usage. Fiber optic lines are the next step in the development of the local smart grid. Fiber optic communication is faster and more reliable than cable or wireless based systems. This internal communication network will provide greater efficiency and resiliency to the Light & Power system. Light & Power is currently installing fiber optic lines connecting Allenspark to Estes Park. The work area for this project is outlined on the map above.
Crews have finished installing fiber optic line down to the Allenspark Fire House on Highway 7. They are now working on splicing (joining the fiber optic cables) and installing underground vaults along the length of the line down to Allenspark.
Update: July 5, 2017
Light & Power crews, with assistance from Ft. Collins Light & Power crews on a training exchange, have installed fiber optic line down to the Meeker Park area and are continuing on down towards Allenspark. To date, over 38,000 feet of fiber optic line has been installed.
Update: May 26, 2017
To date, 15,540 feet of fiber optic line have been installed through the Marys Lake area of the Highway 7 corridor. Crews are working their way towards the Baldpate Inn and Lily Lake.
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. The work area for this project is outlined on the map above.
Project updates will continue to be posted here.
Crews have finished all but one of the connections to the road bores and will be pulling in the new underground power line soon.
Crews have begun digging in the connections from the new underground lines to the road bores.
After several weather delays, contractors were able to complete the road bores under Highway 7 and Marys Lake Road. Light and Power crews will be laying underground conduit and making the final portions of new line soon.
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 Marys 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.
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.