Electric Capital Improvement Projects

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 should run through October.

For questions regarding these projects, please contact Sarah Clark, Administrative Assistant, at 970-577-3627 or via email at sclark@estes.org. Project updates will be posted here periodically.

Dandie Way/Windham Dr area   Goblin Castle area   Longs Peak area

Continuing from 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. The work area for this project is outlined on the map above.

Project updates will be posted here periodically.

Smart Grid - Connecting Allenspark and Estes Park

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.

Project updates will be posted here.

Moraine Avenue Improvements

Light & Power is coordinating with the Public Works Department during the Moraine Avenue Bridge replacement to upgrade and underground the powerlines along Moraine Avenue. Underground conduit has been installed along the southern portion of Moraine Avenue between Weist Street and the Davis Street parking lot. Once the bridge replacement is complete the underground conductors will be pulled in and portions of the existing overhead line will be removed. The remaining overhead line will be removed once the Downtown Estes Loop project is completed.

For more information on the Moraine Avenue Bridge replacement, please visit www.estes.org/moraineavenuebridge or call Public Works at 970-577-3587. For more information on the Downtown Estes Loop project, please visit http://downtownestesloop.com

Completed - Highway 7: Marys Lake Area

Improvements to the electric line along Highway 7 in the Marys Lake area were officially completed in January 2018. These electric line replacements were 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.

Trenching   Laying powerline conduit
Electric line conduit   Laying electrical conduit