The project is currently in the trenching phase of construction on S. Public Road. During this time, crews will excavate in the roadway and install the new natural gas line. This work will be Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and will continue through August 2021. Construction will start near the intersection of Chester Street and S. Public Road. During construction, you may notice rolling closures in the southbound lane of S. Public Road and flaggers directing traffic and assisting pedestrians.
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General Construction Information
Xcel Energy will replace approximately 0.5 miles of natural gas line along S. Public Road from just north of S. Boulder Road to the alley between Emma and Chester streets for the Lafayette Natural Gas Project. See a map of the area by viewing this link. View the most recent construction updates on the Xcel project website: xcelenergynaturalgasprojects.com/lafayette.
Construction activities began April 12, 2021 and will end in fall 2021. Please note that construction schedules are subject to change. Xcel Energy will install the natural gas line by open trenching which involves digging a trench and placing the natural gas line in the trench.
During construction, you may notice:
- Marking of utility lines and “potholing” to verify their locations.
- Partial or complete road and sidewalk closures.
- Traffic control measures.
- Street parking restrictions.
- Potential changes to access.
- Elevated levels of noise.
Xcel Energy will work to reduce construction-related inconveniences. Please note that there will continue to be ample parking around S. Public Road. Xcel Energy will temporarily restore work areas directly after natural gas line installation and will return to complete final restoration when conditions allow.
Xcel Energy takes a proactive approach to public safety by implementing safety measures before, during, and after construction. If you ever suspect a natural gas leak, leave your home or business immediately. Once you are safely outside, call 911, then Xcel Energy at 800-895-2999.
Xcel Energy COVID-19 Response
This critical infrastructure work will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Xcel Energy employees and subcontractors are taking precautions to limit exposure to themselves and others. To learn more about Xcel Energy’s response to COVID-19, visit xcelenergy.com/COVID-19_Response.
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