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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Xcel Energy natural gas project on Public Road - Nov. 2 update

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Beginning on Nov. 3, Xcel Energy will be finalizing work along S. Public Road with a mill and overlay process between S. Boulder Road and E. Chester Street. This step involves removing the top 2-3 inches of pavement and repaving the surface with new asphalt. It is anticipated this phase of work will be complete by Nov. 8. The next, and final, step will be pavement striping which will occur the following week. Work is weather-dependent and may be delayed due to cold temperatures or precipitation. 

One-lane rolling closures along S. Public will occur for the duration of this phase similar to traffic control activities recently in place. Please use caution when driving through the area. Schedules are subject to change. 

Thank you for your patience as Xcel Energy finalizes this natural gas line replacement project.  

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:

Construction activities began April 12, 2021 and is anticipated to 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

To learn more about the Lafayette Natural Gas Project,


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