As part of our Pipeline Integrity Management Program, we are replacing approximately 77 miles of 95 miles of high pressure transmission pipeline between Westminster, Colo., and the Wyoming border. The additional pipe will be abandoned or switched to distribution uses. This work will ensure safe, reliable service to our current and new customers along the Front Range.
Work in Larimer and Weld counties started in 2012 and was completed in 2014. Work in Boulder County started in 2015 and is expected to continue through 2016.
This project is one of a package of pipeline integrity management programs and projects that are funded by the Pipeline System Integrity Adjustment (PSIA) rider that appears as a separate line item on Xcel Energy's natural gas customers' bills. We anticipate that in 2015, on a monthly bill, it will cost an average residential customer using 65 therms a month $1.88, and the average small business customer using 278 therms a month $8.04.
Louisville Work Zone
Our construction along 96th Street/State Highway 42 (95th Street) near Louisville and Lafayette started in March. Construction crews are currently working at the regulator stations and restoring work areas. Work for this segment is on schedule and is expected to be completed in September.
Northern Boulder County Construction
Construction on the remainder of our Boulder County project began in June. We are currently installing new pipeline using directional drilling at several locations in Longmont and northern Boulder County. In Longmont, we are working along Airport Road at 9th Avenue, Nelson Road, and Clover Basin Drive. North of Longmont we are working at the following locations:
- Yellowstone Road and 95th Street
- Vermillion Road
- 87th Street and Journey Lane
- Woodland Road west of 95th Street
We are also working on a directional bore in southern Larimer County at County Road 21 and Center Ridge Road, just north of the Larimer and Boulder county line. We are installing new pipeline using open trenching along Journey Lane, 87th Street, and Table Mountain Road.
In Longmont, we have traffic controls set up along Airport Road, from just south of Clover Basin Drive and north to Hygiene Road. Drivers can expect restricted turn lanes in this stretch of Airport Road, as well as flaggers directing and slowing traffic. We also have traffic controls set up along Vermillion Road between North 95th Street and North 87th Street.
See the map of our construction in Boulder County.
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