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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.
We have completed the installation of pipeline using directional boring under the Poudre River and are connecting the bored area to pipeline on the north and south of the river.
Concrete restoration continues along East Drake Road east of South Lemay Avenue and at the intersection of East Drake Road and South Timberline Road. One eastbound lane of East Drake Road will be closed between the Rail Road tracks to South Timberline Road.
We are in the process of hydrostatically testing and will soon condition the newly installed pipeline with odorant prior to fully placing it into service. To learn more about our testing and gas pipeline safety program, visit the Natural Gas Safety page.
Southern Larimer County
Starting this week we are replacing approximately six miles of natural gas pipeline in southern Larimer County, west of the Berthoud area. We will simultaneously start working on areas in the south and middle of the project route.
Larimer County Road 21 will be restricted for construction starting in early August. We will have lane closures between Larimer County Road 4 and Larimer County Road 8 with access for local traffic only. Detours will be set up as necessary.
Construction is nearing completion in Fort Collins and crews are restoring roadways in the work zones, and painting above-ground equipment at new valve stations. Before the new natural gas pipeline is put into service, it will be inspected internally with state-of-the-art equipment.
In Southern Larimer County, new natural gas pipeline is being installed using directional boring at the following locations:
• The Little Thompson River
• Larimer County Road 4
• Larimer County Road 6
• Larimer County Road 8
• Dry Creek
A crew is installing new natural gas pipeline by using open trenching from Larimer County Road 19, southwest through open field to Larimer County Road 8, and continuing south to Sundown Lane.
Currently the northbound lane of Larimer County Road 21 is closed between Larimer County Road 4 to just north of Larimer County Road 6. Larimer County Road 21 is open to southbound traffic only in this area. No other road or lane closures are planned for any other work currently in progress.
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