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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 by early February 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 complete by the end of 2019.
Crews will begin the project in February by replacing the three-phase lines running between Larkspur and Spruce Avenues southward towards Ponderosa Avenue and then towards Fish Creek Road. The next priority will be the three-phase line running west along Whispering Pines Driver toward Fish Creek Rd. Once the three-phase line rebuilds are finished, crews will begin work on the single-phase secondary lines in the remainder of the project area.
As part of the rebuild, crews will replace about half of the poles and upgrade most of the transformers. They will also install aerial conduit for future fiber optic installation for smart grid communications.
To facilitate this work, crews must access the utility right-of-way along the power lines. Due to the electric system design in Carriage Hills, access will occasionally be off-road and through customers' yards. Crews will attempt to notify customers before accessing the right-of-way through their property. Generally speaking, any given property will be affected for up to one week. Work will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting.
Other customer impacts will be temporary outages (2-4 hours typically) while crews transfer the overhead lines and replace transformers. These outages will only affect properties fed off the transformer being replaced. Crews will attempt to notify affected customers beforehand.
A more detailed schedule and anticipated work areas will be posted here in December. Residents of the project area are encouraged to watch this page for periodic project updates.
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.
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.
Update: November 2018
Crews have completed the line rebuild off Goblins Castle Road.
Update: September 2018
Crews have begun work along the lines off Goblins Castle Road.
Update: June - September 2018
Crews have rebuilt the overhead lines in the Longs Peak Road area, including the lines along Mills Moraine Road and Diamond View Road. They installed five new poles, over a mile of new insulated tree cable and aerial conduit for future fiber optic line installation, and replaced 15 transformers.
Update: April 4, 2018
Crews have completed work on the Dandy Way/Windham Drive project.
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.
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.