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Posted on: June 7, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Update: Notice of Xcel Energy Utility Work at Jefferson County Highway 73 and Buffalo Park Road

Link to larger image of construction signs on Highway 73 and Buffalo Park Road.

Update August 17, 2023

Gas Lines: For the week starting the evening of August 20, Xcel will continue night work for gas line service to the Sheriff’s office. Work is expected to be completed around August 24. This will include making the actual gas connections, testing, and backfilling and asphalt patching of the pit in the southbound lane of Highway 73 just north of the intersection with Buffalo Park Road.

Electrical Lines: For the week starting the evening of August 20, Xcel will continue night work. This work will include an open cut trench across the highway at approximately 300 feet south of Little Cub Creek Road to install new electrical lines. Other night work, related to installation of new infrastructure items like poles, switch cabinets, the vault, etc., will continue.

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Update July 26, 2023

Gas Lines: Xcel crews will remobilize to finish a new gas service to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Mountain Precinct Office. Crews will pothole existing utilities Thursday, July 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. just north of the Buffalo Park Road intersection. Flaggers will implement one-lane closures and uniformed traffic control officers will control the intersection traffic signals.

Underground boring will begin Friday, July 28 and continue from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office parking lot toward the west. Crews will resume work in the southbound Jefferson County Highway 73 "slip lane" to Buffalo Park Road to make the gas line connections. Some work will occur at night for the gas line boring operations that affect Highway 73. The remainder of work will occur during the daytime hours of 8 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Electric Lines: Existing overhead lines on poles will be relocated underneath Highway 73 from Little Cub Creek Road to Buffalo Park Road in preparation for the upcoming road reconstruction. Later, transformers and switch cabinets will be placed.

Stage 2 boring has been completed and the Highway 73 right turn "slip lane" to Buffalo Park Road was reopened by Friday night, July 21.

Crews will finish Stage 3 boring and conduit placement this week. Drilling equipment will remain along the shoulder of southbound Highway 73 and Little Cub Creek Road as it places an underground conduit.

Nighttime work will occur Tuesday and Wednesday overnight from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. One lane of Highway 73 will be closed to traffic.

Crews will install a large vault that will connect the bored feeder line conduit. Excavation, placement, backfill and asphalt patching of the vault area will occur next week August 1 through 3. All work will occur during the daytime from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The northbound lane of Highway 73 will be closed for this work.

Efforts to maintain two-way traffic on Highway 73 during the utility work will continue. However, intermittent one-lane closures are necessary. Work is planned to occur through August 14, 2023 from Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Work hours will then be adjusted to accommodate the new school year calendar.

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Update July 18, 2023

On Wednesday, July 19, the northbound lane of Highway 73 will be closed from Buffalo Park Road to Little Cub Creek Road during the hours of 6 p.m. through 10 p.m. Xcel crews will be working on an underground electric feeder line.

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Update June 27, 2023

Gas Lines: Xcel Energy crews started gas service work at the Jefferson County Sheriff Office Mountain Precinct June 19, 2023. Crews successfully bored one segment of gas line to the office building for later connection. Other utility locations were conducted along the shoulder of northbound Highway 73, immediately north of Buffalo Park Road. Crews have temporarily demobilized as design checks are finalized. They are expected to return for work in the next few weeks.

Electric Lines: Xcel Energy plans to begin relocated electric feeder lines July 10, 2023 and continue through the end of September. Work will involve installing new poles, transformers, and electric cabinets, as well as underground boring, and placement of an underground vault. Impacted areas will be Highway 73 from Buffalo Park Road to Little Cub Creek Road.

Efforts to maintain two-way traffic on Highway 73 during the utility work will continue. However, intermittent one-lane shutdowns are expected. Work is planned to occur during the hours of 8:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. through August 14, 2023. 

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Posted June 7, 2023

Beginning the week of June 19, 2023, Xcel Energy will relocate gas service for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Precinct, located at 4990 Jefferson County Highway 73. 

There will be minor impacts to parking facilities at the Sheriff’s Office. Library parking and access will not be affected.

Utility work will also occur in the shoulder of northbound Highway 73 as crews tie into the gas main line, just north of Buffalo Park Road.

Traffic will be maintained in both directions of Highway 73. The dual northbound left turn lanes from Buffalo Park Road will be reduced to a single lane. Daytime work in Highway 73 will be limited to Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.to 4:00 p.m., and is expected to continue through mid-July.

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