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Xcel Energy on Thursday reported that it is continuing work in the Boulder area this summer that is vital to maintaining its transmission system and ensuring continued electric reliability in the area. Work is focused now on replacing some transmission poles, and the challenging nature of the work requires crews to work along steep, rocky slopes. Helicopters are needed in areas not accessible to heavy equipment.

Helicopters will be picking up equipment and materials from staging areas located on lands owned by the National Science Foundation and occupied by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. During construction, certain Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks trails, including the Bear Canyon trail, will require closures or limited access.

The choppers will be flying on occasion starting in late August, and construction activities will continue to December, when they’ll be suspended due to winter weather and other seasonal restrictions, according to a news release. Construction activities will then resume in the summer of 2020.

Those with questions about what is called the NCAR Transmission Line Rebuild project can send an email to larry.claxton@xcelenergy.com or call 303-571-7089.

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