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Washington Street Natural Gas Project

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Work in Your Area

Natural gas line replacement along Washington Street is finished between 76th Avenue and Eppinger Boulevard.

In the coming days we’ll begin utility locate work between Eppinger Boulevard and 105th Place/Washington Way.

Stay alert when traveling near construction areas, since traffic control changes regularly.

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Washington Street Natural Gas Project

We're working in your community to continue to provide safe, reliable service and to enhance system resiliency during extreme weather. Replacement of natural gas line is happening along Washington Street, between 76th Avenue and 105th Place/Washington Way. Work will continue to head north toward 105th Place/Washington Way.

Natural gas service interruptions are not expected. If this changes, we'll communicate directly with you.

Work will take place through 2024. Schedules are subject to change. We won't work in the entire project area at once. We'll generally work south to north but we may have multiple areas under construction at the same time.
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Project area is along Washington Street between 76th Ave and 105th Pl/Washington Way.

What to Expect

Our goal is to limit inconveniences to you during work, but you may notice these as we work:

  • Temporary, partial lane closures and shifted lanes.
  • Traffic control measures like flaggers and signs.
  • Temporary access changes.
  • Construction noise.

Construction Process

  • Setting up traffic control around work areas.
  • Digging trenches or setting up bore rigs.
  • Stringing line.
  • Welding segments of line together.
  • Installing the line in the trench or bore.
  • Restoring the work area.

After installing the natural gas line, we temporarily restore the work area. Final restoration occurs as weather allows, like when it is dry and warm enough. We restore work areas to preconstruction conditions.

Natural gas service interruptions are not expected. If this changes, we'll communicate directly with you.

Our Contractors

Mears is our contractor. Additional contractors will work on the project.

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FAQS

We're replacing 4 miles of natural gas line along Washington Street, between 76th Avenue and 105th Place/Washington Way, in Thornton, Northglenn and unincorporated Adams County.

Work began in 2022 and will continue through 2024.

This projects helps us continue to provide safe, reliable service and to enhance system resiliency during extreme weather.

Your safety is always in mind. We comply with safety regulations at all levels and our workers and contractors are qualified and trained in natural gas safety for construction and maintenance.

The project has been designed to continue to meet federal and state standards and safety requirements for installing, maintaining and operating natural gas infrastructure.

Our staff monitors natural gas lines and facility operations 24/7 from Xcel Energy's gas operations center. We also conduct internal inspections of our natural gas lines using in-line inspection technology at least every seven years.

A common cause of natural gas incidents results from improper or unauthorized digging near underground utilities. Prior to digging, call 811 or visit colorado811.org to have buried utility lines located and marked.

We're committed to keeping you informed by:

  • Sharing regular updates via website, email and hotline.
  • Responding to questions as quickly as possible.
  • Communicating proactively with you.

Natural gas service interruptions are not expected. If this changes, we'll communicate directly with you.

Our work will require reduced lanes and temporary lane closures which can cause delays in traveling through the area. This website and our hotline will have up-to-date information.

Work areas change regularly. Follow these tips for your safety and the safety of our crews:

  • Watch for crews and equipment.
  • Stay outside work areas.
  • Follow directions on signs and from crews.
  • Reduce your speeds.
  • Stay alert! Traffic control changes regularly.
  • Avoid using your cell phone.

If you ever suspect a natural gas leak, leave your location immediately. Once safely away, call 911, then Xcel Energy at 800-895-2999.

It’s important to know how to recognize potentially dangerous natural gas leaks, so use your sense. Signs of a leak include:

  • “Rotten egg” or sulfur-like odor. It may smell differently to you, though.
  • Hissing, whistling or roaring noise outside near the natural gas line or inside near appliances.
  • Dirt spraying into the air or continuous bubbling in a creek or pond.
  • Unexplained dead or dying vegetation.

If you have questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Complete the comment form below, email info@XcelEnergyWashingtonStreetProject.com or call 303-381-0683.

Our Commitment to Safety

Public safety is at the foundation of all we do. We take a proactive approach to public safety by implementing safety measures before, during and after construction.

The project has been designed to continue to meet federal and state standards and safety requirements for installing, maintaining and operating natural gas infrastructure.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or need more project details not found on this page, we want to hear from you:

If you have questions about this communication or concerns about its authenticity, please contact Customer Care at 800-895-4999.

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