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Changes ahead for Xcel project in Eagle-Vail

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Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Xcel Energy on Tuesday announced several construction changes in the Eagle-Vail business district portion of the Edwards-to-Minturn natural gas pipeline replacement project.

The company will bring in replacement equipment to complete boring and will also start using open trench digging in some areas to uncover and replace a small portion of the natural gas pipeline.

Xcel Energy is replacing a 6-inch, high-pressure natural gas line with 16-inch pipe to meet growing customer demand for natural gas and improve reliability in the region. The company had hoped to finish the project by the end of October, but it will require several more weeks.

The two significant changes to project construction will occur in the Eagle-Vail business district on U.S. Highway 6 on the north side of U.S. Interstate 70, west of Kayak Court and east of the interstate overpass near highway Exit 169:

• Replacement equipment will be used for underground boring near Meadow Mountain Discount Tires. The equipment will be in place by Oct. 14. Boring to the west of the tire shop will be done 24/7 to complete approximately 2,000 feet of pipeline.

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Traffic will be affected along the full length of the area where boring will be done. Flaggers will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and concrete barriers and cones will be used to help direct the two-way traffic flow.

• Open trench digging will be used for 1,400 feet, starting from the CDOT maintenance facility west to Meadow Mountain Discount Tires. This work started Wednesday and is expected to be completed in two weeks.

This work will change traffic flow to one lane for the majority of construction. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Saturday. Flaggers will be in place 24/7, and concrete barriers and cones will be used to help direct traffic flow.

Weekly construction updates can be obtained by calling 877-481-6380, or by visiting

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