2021 LPEA Construction Updates
Each year, LPEA tackles a full range of infrastructure improvement projects to deliver you more reliable power, regardless of weather or season. If a project impacts your property, we will notify you in advance. Our line crews do their best to minimize the impact of projects to landowners involved.
LPEA’s largest projects slated for 2021 are listed below. Click on the + to expand a project.
Three miles of line will be upgraded to improve LPEA’s ability to redirect power in emergency situations. The completion of this project is expected to save 219,000 kilowatt hours annually – a more than $16,000 value – by reducing line losses.
The Village at Rockwood Subdivision is currently served by an outdated line, which has caused faults and outages in recent years. LPEA will update and replace more than 6,000 feet of underground line serving the area.
To accommodate current developments and future growth in the Bodo Park area, LPEA will upgrade the electric infrastructure serving the area. The completion of this project is expected to save 7,600 kilowatt hours annually by reducing line losses.
The Durango West I subdivision is currently served by an outdated line, which has caused faults and outages in recent years. Given the proximity of homes in the area, the existing line is buried under residential yards, which increases the complexity of the project. This is a multi-year, multi-phase project during which LPEA will update and replace more than 4,000 feet of underground line serving the area.
Lost Valley of the San Juan’s is currently served by a long, outdated, underground line. Recent road improvements by the United States Forest Service, and a desire to upgrade and improve the line, mean LPEA will move and replace roughly 7,400 feet of underground line serving the area.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is in the process of widening four miles of Highway 550 from Grandview to La Plata County Road 302. To accommodate this project, LPEA will move the existing line along Highway 550.
The Ignacio 141 circuit serves the area along Highway 151 from Ignacio to Arboles. In LPEA’s continuing efforts to accommodate future growth in the area, we will improve the final 5-mile section of line that has not yet been updated. The completion of this project is expected to save more than 200,000 kilowatt hours annually – a $15,000 value – by reducing line losses.
The northern section of the Pagosa Highlands Subdivision is currently served by an outdated line, which causes reliability concerns. There is a history of faults in the area causing lengthy outages and costly repairs. LPEA will update and replace 16,000 feet of line serving the area.
Heads up! In August, LPEA will perform utility pole surveys using small aerial drones. This pilot project will help us better identify utility pole maintenance issues, thus improving safety and service reliability while reducing costs. LPEA has nearly 2,000 miles of overhead line, so if this project works it could result in significant cost and time savings.
La Plata County - Cherry Creek area
La Plata County - North CR 502 South through Pine River Ranch to CR 505
La Plata County - 1100 block of CR 502 south to CR 506
Archuleta County - CR 302
Archuleta County - 1100 block to 5000 block of CR 200
Archuleta County - From Piedra substation to CR 200
If you have any questions, please contact our office at (970) 247-5786 during regular business hours.