Electric Capital Improvement Projects

2019 Improvement Projects: Carriage Hills Rebuild, Highway 7 TripSaver Installation

Carriage Hills

A recording of the community meeting for this project can be found at www.estes.org/videos.

Light & Power will begin work on electric system upgrades in the Carriage Hills area starting Monday, February 4, 2019. This is a continuation of Light & Power’s efforts to steadily upgrade the electrical infrastructure in its service area. This project includes the replacement of poles to bring them up to current NESC electrical codes and the installation of insulated aerial power lines to increase system reliability and power quality, protect wildlife and reduce wildfire risk from faulting or sparking lines. In many locations, this means that the new electrical poles will be taller than the previously installed ones. 
The Carriage Hills project area is bordered by Lakeshore Drive on the north,  Larkspur Avenue and Grey Fox Drive on the west, and Fish Creek Road on the east and south. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2019. Residents of the project area are encouraged to watch this page for periodic project updates. 

Project Updates:

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019
Power & Communications crews will begin working on the single-phase lines running along the west side of Wildwood Dr and Aspen Ln between Whispering Pines and Rambling Dr (map) and along the single-phase line running along Whispering Pines to the west between Spruce and Larkspur Aves (map). During this time, customers may see crews and equipment accessing the power line easements through their yards where necessary; crews will contact customers ahead of time when possible. Impacts to landscaping will be repaired once the crew completes their work in the area. 
Customers will also experience brief power outages when the crews begin replacing transformers along this section of the line. Crews will contact the affected customers as needed.

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019
The Power & Communications crew have scheduled a power outage along the single-phase line that runs south between Wildwood Dr and Fish Creek Rd (map) on Wednesday, November 6th, beginning at 8 am and possibly lasting until 4 pm. Power & Communications crews will be accessing the power line easement through customers' backyards where necessary.  Crews will notify all affected customers in advance.


Highway 7 TripSaver Installation

Light  & Power crews will begin upgrading the fuses along the three-phase main line along Highway 7 from Lily Lake to Allenspark to TripSaver Cutout Mounted Reclosers. These improvements will increase electric service reliability across the southern portion of the Light & Power service area. A more detailed explanation of the function and operation of TripSavers can be found on the Electric Maintenance page.


2018 Improvement Projects: Dandie Way/Windham Drive Area, Goblins Castle Area, Long Peak Road Area

Light & Power crews will begin rebuilding the overhead power line in these areas with an insulated aerial power line. The covered lines reduce the chances of faulting or sparking in the event that tree branches brush or lay on the lines. Crews will also be replacing poles and transformers where needed and installing aerial conduit for future fiber optic installation. These improvements will provide area customers with more reliable power and reduce the likelihood of power outages.

Work in the Dandie Way and Windham Drive area began in January and was completed in the first week of April. Work in the Longs Peak area, including Mills Moraine and Diamond View Roads, began in June and was completed in August. Work along Goblins Castle and Babcock Roads began in September and was completed in October. 


Completed Recent Capital Improvement Projects