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Loveland to Estes Park Natural Gas Project

Area: Larimer County, Colorado

Dates: Spring 2022 – Late 2022

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Contact Information

If you have questions or need more information, please connect with us via phone or email:

Hotline: 833-320-3306

Email: Info@XcelEnergyLovelandtoEstesParkProject.com

Project Information

We’re revitalizing a section of our natural gas system that runs from Loveland to Estes Park beginning this year. We will install natural gas line and rebuild natural gas regulator stations in Loveland, Estes Park and unincorporated Larimer County.

Our work will include the following:

  • Installing 3 miles of natural gas line along 14th Street Southwest between Angora Drive and Golden Valley Road in Loveland and unincorporated Larimer County.
  • Installing 1 mile of natural gas line along Larimer County Road 18 near Flatiron Reservoir in unincorporated Larimer County.
  • Rebuilding and reconfiguring a natural gas regulator station in Loveland.
  • Rebuilding natural gas regulator stations and replacing associated natural gas line in Estes Park.

This work is part of our commitment to system revitalization, allowing us to continue to provide safe, reliable service and enhancing system resiliency during extreme weather.

Friday, July 1, 2022

In observance of Independence Day, crews will not work on Friday, July 1, 2022, through Monday, July 4, 2022. Construction activities will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

During the coming week, crews will work in the following areas on the Loveland section of the project:

  • 14th Street Southwest, between Wheatridge Court and Windy Gap Road.
    • Shoulder closure for equipment staging.
    • Two-way traffic allowed.
    • Properties within the work area will remain accessible.
  • 14th Street Southwest, between Scenic Valley Drive and County Road 23E.
    • Natural gas line installation and equipment staging.
    • Shifting lanes, two-way traffic allowed.
    • Properties within the work area will remain accessible.
  • 14th Street Southwest, between Single Tree Drive and Elbert Avenue.
    • Natural gas line installation and equipment staging.
    • Shifting lanes, two-way traffic allowed.
    • Properties within the work area will remain accessible.
  • Temporary Materials Storage Area.
    • Northeast corner of 14th Street Southwest and South County Road 21.
    • Material delivery and equipment staging.
  • 14th Street Southwest, between County Road 21 and Katie Drive.
    • Natural gas line installation and equipment staging.
    • Shifting lanes, two-way traffic allowed.
    • Short-term lane closures for equipment staging.
    • Properties within the work area will remain accessible.

During the coming week, crews will work in the following areas on the Flatirons section of the project:

  • Temporary Materials Storage Area.
    • Located at 11012 Flatiron Mountain Road.
    • Material delivery and equipment staging.

Please note schedules are subject to change.

We are coordinating with Northern Water’s Chimney Hollow Reservoir Project to ensure access is maintained to their site and traffic impacts are minimized as we work on the Flatirons section of the Loveland to Estes Park Natural Gas Project.

Work on the Loveland to Estes Park Natural Gas Project is expected to begin in spring 2022 and continue through the end of 2022.

Schedules are subject to change.

During work you may notice:

  • Marking of utility lines and utility survey holes.
  • Road, sidewalk and trail closures.
  • Traffic control.
  • Temporary changes to access.
  • Construction noise.

We’ll restore work areas to preconstruction conditions as weather allows.

We will install natural gas line by open trenching and boring.

  • Open trenching involves digging a trench and placing the natural gas line in the trench.
  • Boring uses a bore machine to create an underground pathway through which the line is pulled or drilled.

If you’re near our natural gas regulator station in eastern Estes Park near Mall Road, you may notice natural gas testing procedures. During testing, you might:

  • See flaring natural gas to clear the gas line,
  • Hear air or natural gas venting, or
  • Smell the odorant added to natural gas, which has a sulfur or “rotten egg” odor, though it may smell differently to you.

We are committed to maintaining a safe working environment in your community. For your safety and the safety of our crews, remember these tips:

  • Watch for construction crews and equipment.
  • Do not enter construction areas.
  • Obey signage and directions from crews.
  • Reduce speeds while traveling.
  • Observe parking restrictions.

Remain flexible as work progresses and work areas change.

Public safety is at the foundation of all we do. The safety of the public around our natural gas system influences every decision we make.

If you ever suspect a natural gas leak, leave your home or business immediately. Once you are safely away, call 911, then Xcel Energy at 800-895-2999.

For more information on our commitment to safety, please visit our Public Safety page.

If you have questions or comments, we want to hear from you.

Call us at 833-320-3306 or email Info@XcelEnergyLovelandtoEstesParkProject.com to learn more.

Overview

What is the project?

We’re revitalizing a section of our natural gas system that runs from Loveland to Estes Park beginning this year. We will install natural gas line and rebuild natural gas regulator stations in Loveland, Estes Park and unincorporated Larimer County.

We will install 3 miles of natural gas line along 14th Street Southwest between Angora Drive and Golden Valley Road in Loveland and unincorporated Larimer County and 1 mile of natural gas line along Larimer County Road 18 near Flatiron Reservoir in unincorporated Larimer County.

We will also rebuild and reconfigure a natural gas regulator station in Loveland, and rebuild a natural gas regulator station and replace associated natural gas line in Estes Park.

Why is the project needed?

This work is part of our commitment to system revitalization, allowing us to continue to provide safe, reliable service and enhancing system resiliency during extreme weather.

 

Construction

What is the schedule and when will construction happen?

Work on the Loveland to Estes Park Natural Gas Project is expected to begin in spring 2022 and continue through the end of 2022.

Schedules are subject to change.

We anticipate construction activities will occur primarily during daytime hours. We will communicate with our customers if after-hours, nighttime or weekend work is required.

Will construction affect me?

We will contact you directly if your home or business will be affected by construction.

Will my natural gas service be interrupted?

We do not expect interruptions to your natural gas service. We will communicate with you directly if interruptions are needed and work to limit them to less than one day.

Will I be able to get to my home or business?

We will work to keep access to your home or business open or provide alternate access points if possible. Steel plates may be placed over trenches to provide driveway access.

We will contact you directly to coordinate changes if your access will be impacted.

What can I expect during construction?

During work you may notice:

  • Marking of utility lines and utility survey holes.
  • Road, sidewalk and trail closures.
  • Traffic control.
  • Temporary changes to access.
  • Construction noise.

Will you restore work areas? When?

We’ll restore work areas to preconstruction conditions as weather allows.

 

Public Outreach

How can I ask questions or provide feedback?

Please contact us at our website, email or hotline with questions:

 

Natural Gas Safety

What are the signs of a natural gas leak?

It is important to know how to recognize a natural gas leak, so use your senses. Signs include:

  • A “rotten egg” or sulfur-like odor. It may smell differently to you, though.
  • Hissing, whistling or roaring sounds outside near a natural gas line or inside near an appliance.
  • Dirt spraying into the air or continuous bubbling in a pond or creek.
  • Unexplained dead or dying vegetation.

What should I do if I think there’s a natural gas leak?

If you ever suspect a natural gas leak, leave your home or business immediately. Once you are safely away, call 911, then Xcel Energy at 800-895-2999.

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