Glenwood Springs – Mitchell Creek Electric Transmission Line Rebuild

Current and Planned Work on the Project

Third Quarter 2023 Update

Public Open House

Please join us at a public open house to learn more about Xcel Energy’s plans to build a better, cleaner energy future by taking steps to create a smarter and stronger energy grid in your area and western Colorado, for a more secure energy supply. We will provide information about the project and discuss the benefits it will bring to your community. We will also explain the permitting requirements, planned construction methods and what the transmission line will look like upon completion.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023
Time: 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Glenwood Springs Community Center
                 100 Wulfsohn Road
                 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

No formal presentation is planned, so please attend at any time during the open house. If you are unable to attend, meeting materials and an electronic comment form will be available on the project website.

Permit Hearings

In summer 2023, a Location and Extent permit application and a 1041 permit application were submitted to the City of Glenwood Springs and a Location and Extent permit application was submitted to Garfield County. City of Glenwood Springs hearing information is provided below. County hearing details will be posted to this page, once confirmed. Find out more about current and future work planned for the project.  

Planning Commission Hearing
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023
Location: Glenwood Springs City Hall, City Council Chambers
                 101 W. 8th St.
                 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Time: 6 p.m.

City Council Hearing
Date: Thursday, Jan. 4, 2023
Location: Glenwood Springs City Hall, City Council Chambers
                 101 W. 8th St.
                 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Time: 6:15 p.m.

Materials have been delivered to the staging area east of North Traver Trail in preparation for the start of construction.  

Work should begin by spring 2024, after permit approvals, and will last approximately 4-6 months.  

Throughout the rebuild process, we will:

  • Engage landowners and the surrounding community to provide details about the planned rebuild and address questions or concerns.
  • Clear vegetation along access routes and within transmission line right-of-way.
  • Determine pole locations and finalize structure design.
  • Identify construction and maintenance access routes.
  • Install new transmission line structures and conductor wires.
  • Remove 38 existing structures and the conductor wires connecting them.
  • Test and energize the rebuilt transmission line.
Winter 2021 (Complete)Construction Material delivery
Spring 2024Permanent Improvements
Spring 2024Vegetation Management
Spring 2024/Summer 2024Construction of Transmission Poles
Spring 2024/Summer 2024Removal of Existing Poles
Summer 2024In Service
Summer 2024/Fall 2024Restoration