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 2014. Work in Boulder County starts in 2014 and also is expected to continue through 2015.
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. On a monthly bill, it costs an average residential customer using 68 therms a month 22 cents, and the average small business customer using 291 therms a month 92 cents.
In 2013, as part of Xcel Energy's statewide program of investments to modernize its natural gas infrastructure, we are replacing approximately 16 miles of natural gas pipeline in Fort Collins and Loveland. This work will result in improved service reliability, help Xcel Energy maintain the safety of the system and meet the future need for natural gas. Learn more about our 2013 construction.
On May 13, two construction crews began work simultaneously in Fort Collins and Loveland. In Fort Collins, construction started at McClelland Drive and Thunderbird Drive and heads south to Swallow Road. Our work along McClelland Drive in Fort Collins requires a full road closure between Thunderbird Drive and Swallow Road, see the route map. In Loveland, construction started at Wilson Avenue and West 29th Street and heads east to North Taft Avenue, see the route map.
Flaggers maintain two-way traffic along West 29th Street in Loveland during general construction hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. In Fort Collins, McClelland Drive was closed on May 13 and the full closure is anticipated to last for two weeks.
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