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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. Work along Dandie Way is anticipated to begin in January 2018 and run through April; the work along Goblins Castle and Babcock Roads is anticipated to begin in April and run through July; the work in the Long Peak Road area is anticipated to begin in July and run through October. For questions regarding these projects, please contact Sarah Clark, Administrative Assistant, at 970-577-3627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Project updates will be posted here.
Update: March 20, 2018
Crews continue working along Windham Drive and Flower Lane. They've replaced poles, pulled in the new insulated wire and are transferring the connections to the transformers from the old bare-wire line to the new insulated line. These transfers require a brief outage to the customers fed through those transformers. All customers are notified prior to the outage.
Update: February 20, 2018
Crews have completed line upgrades along Dandie Way a week ahead of schedule and have moved on to Windham Dr.
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: March 20, 2018
Crews returned to this project after focusing on other projects over the winter. They've resumed replacing poles and pulling in insulated overhead line along the upper portion of the project area.
Update: October 20, 2017
Blasting for the new pole sets above Fall River Road were completed last month. Crews worked with a helicopter company to transport and set nearly a dozen poles along a stretch of Fall River Road. Contracting the helicopter allowed crews to quickly and efficiently transport and set poles in difficult terrain. This operation took a matter of hours with the helicopter compared to several weeks transporting and setting by hand. Crews will return to this project in the spring.
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.
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
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.