Xcel cable project affects Centennial traffic

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Centennial drivers traversing Holly Street should know there’s much more to that ongoing Xcel Energy project than meets the eye.

That’s because most of it is underground.

According to Xcel spokesperson Michelle Aguayo, the four-month project is part of Xcel’s planned infrastructure upgrade and centers around the removal and upgrade of a giant underground power cable that runs the length of Holly Street.

That’s why there are always a lot of traffic cones, but not so many crew trucks.

“This project is part of an overall $31 million investment plan the company initiated in Colorado to ensure reliability of our power system, as well as plan for future growth in the area.”

The project began in November of last year at the intersection of Dry Creek and Holly Street and has been working its way work to the north, ending at Arapahoe Road.

Drivers may see Xcel Energy crews and contractors working in the streets and medians in the neighborhood, but most of the major activity happens below the street.

“Essentially this is a two-phase project rolled into one,” explained Aguayo. “Crews are pulling an old cable out and replacing it all within the same job and aside from the cones and crew members, there won’t be trucks blocking traffic. There may be a hydro-vac truck out there to remove some of the sediment as crews bore underground, but for the most part, Holly will remain accessible.”

Aguayo said the project aims to minimize impact to local residents and drivers.

“At times, we will need to block a lane of traffic; however, at least one lane of Holly Street will remain open at all times,” Aguayo said. “Any damaged streets or other impacted areas will be restored shortly after we complete our construction work, and we do not anticipate any interruptions to customer service.”

Area residents and businesses were notified of the project prior to its commencement, Aguayo said, but anyone with questions or concerns may call Xcel direct at 800-895-4999.

The project is slated to be complete on March 29.

“While we do make every effort to complete our projects on time, it’s important to remember that this project depends on cooperation from the weather,” Aguayo said. “So if the weather is bad, the project may slide into the first week or so in April.”

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