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 lines in its service area. This project includes installation of insulated aerial power lines to increase system reliability and power quality, protect wildlife and reduce wildfire risk from faulting or sparking lines. 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:

Friday, Oct 11, 2019
Crews working on the three-phase line running along Whispering Pines Drive have finished pulling in the new conductor lines and are ready to begin transferring the single-phase lines running to the north and south off of the main line. This work will require brief power outages (up to an hour) while the lines are physically being moved from the old three-phase lines to the new three-phase lines.
Beginning Friday, Oct 18th, crews will be working from west to east, starting with transferring the lines running along Spruce Ave and between Carriage and Pine Meadow Drives. Day 2 the crews will transfer the lines running between Pine Meadow and Long View Drives, Sunrise Ct, and the Ponderosa and Aspen areas. Day 3 the crews will transfer the lines running along Wildwood and Rambling Dr. Work on these days will begin around 9 am each morning and finish around 2 pm. Please see the project map for more detailed location information.

Monday, Sept 16, 2019
Crews working on the three-phase line running along Whispering Pines Drive have finished upgrading the section between Fish Creek Rd and Pine Meadow Dr. This week they are beginning work along the remaining portion between Pine Meadow Dr going west to just past Spruce Ave (map). They will begin by spreading the existing lines and setting new poles. Once the poles have been replaced, they will run the new conductor lines and fiber optic conduit. Since the line is along the road, access will be primarily from the roadside with minimal impact to customers' properties. Residents are asked to be cautious while driving in the active work area.

Friday, August 9, 2019
Crews have finished work in the Longview Drive and Sunrise Court area and are beginning work on the line that runs north between Wildwood Drive and Fish Creek Road (map). This work is on lines that serve customers along the east side of Wildwood Dr, Willow Ct, Hide A Way Ln, Farway Ln, Brook Ln, and Fish Creek Rd. Customers in this area will experience brief power outages when the crews begin replacing transformers along these sections of the line. Crews will contact the affected customers as needed.

Work in this area should be completed in three to four weeks. During this time customers may see Light & Power crews and equipment accessing the power line easements through their yards where necessary; crews will contact customers ahead of time when possible. Impacts on landscaping will be repaired as the crew completes their work in this area.


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