Glenwood Springs – Mitchell Creek Electric Transmission Line Rebuild

What is this project?

An Xcel Energy electric transmission lines that provides power to Glenwood Springs runs 2.25 miles between the Glenwood Springs Substation (northeast of the Glenwood Hot Springs pool) and Mitchell Creek Substation (northwest of the Glenwood Meadows shopping center) needs to be rebuilt. This line was originally built in the 1940s, with a portion rebuilt in the 1960s, and has reached the end of its useful life.

Why do you need a helicopter to rebuild this line?

For most of the project, contractors will use established ground access points; however, some areas cannot be reached by heavy vehicles, and equipment will need to be placed by helicopter.

Why are you contacting me?

We are contacting you because your home or business is located within the flight path of the helicopter for this transmission rebuild.

When will you be using the helicopter?

We currently anticipate using a helicopter approximately 10 days throughout the four- to six-month construction process. We strategically schedule helicopter use to maximize efficiencies and minimize the need to evacuate property owners.

What do you need from me?

To maintain the safety of the community as well as our workers, and to comply with rules established by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Congested Area Plan, we are asking that you and your family, guests, and/or pets temporarily evacuate from your dwelling on the days that we fly a helicopter over your home or business.

How long will I need to temporarily evacuate?

Not everyone along the 2.5-mile route will need to evacuate on a given flight day. We will request people evacuate only when the helicopter is scheduled to fly over their dwelling. We are asking those within the helicopter flight path to evacuate from their property during daylight hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to enable safe aerial delivery of equipment and transmission poles. All those affected may return to their homes or businesses during evening and overnight hours.

How will I know when to leave my property?

We will provide notification in the days prior to these events by email, phone call or text. We will also contact you the day before your scheduled evacuation.

What do I need to do to prepare?

On helicopter flight days, residents should plan to evacuate from your dwelling, including family pets for a twelve-hour period (7a.m. to 7 p.m.). We also recommend moving all outdoor furniture or movable items (hanging plants, artwork, etc.) to a secure location, to avoid being damaged by the helicopter’s down-draft.

Is there somewhere I can go during the day?

We have reserved a room at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center during helicopter fly days for people to visit and learn about the project. The recreation center is located at 100 Wulfsohn Rd, Glenwood Springs. A construction liaison will be at this location to answer questions and report on construction progress.