As part of our Pipeline Integrity Management Program, we will replace 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 is expected to continue through 2015. Work in Boulder County is expected to start in 2015 and 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 2014, on a monthly bill, it will cost an average residential customer using 62 therms a month 36 cents, and the average small business customer using 270 therms a month $1.56.
Crews have installed pipeline along Thunderbird Drive between College Avenue and Mathews Street, and along Mathews Street between Thunderbird Drive and East Drake Road. This crew will begin installing pipeline beneath College Avenue along Thunderbird Drive using directional boring in late April. After this crew has completed work in this area, they will continue working east along East Drake Road.
Another crew is also installing pipeline by using directional boring along East Drake Road between Matthews Street and South Lemay Avenue. Two-way traffic is maintained in the two northern lanes of East Drake Road but the southern eastbound lanes are closed. Access to side streets from the southern lanes of East Drake Road is also closed in this area; however, access to these areas is maintained by alternative routes from the south. We expect work in this area to last until late June.
Pipeline is being installed by directional boring along Drake Road between Silver Creek Drive and South Timberline Road. This work is taking place 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Construction noise and light can be expected. There will be a full closure of the eastbound lanes of Drake Road between Silver Creek Drive and South Timberline Road. The westbound lanes will remain open. Drivers should plan to use alternate routes, except for local traffic. We expect this work to last 2 weeks.
A crew is currently installing pipeline by directional boring beneath East Vine Drive. After this crew has finished the bore, they will continue installing pipeline heading south along the pipeline route toward South Timberline Road. Work in this area is taking place outside of the roadway and we do not expect any impacts to traffic.
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