Project Runs from Late July/August through November
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-July 24, 2018-Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) will
begin work on relocating power lines on Howelsen Hill starting in late July or early August.
The project will remove two existing overhead power lines in the existing Howelsen landside area and
relocate one new line to a less visible location. Instead of two sets of poles, both lines can be
accommodate on one set of poles. The installed line will also provide new power service to the top of
Howelsen Hill, which will allow the city to expand services for snowmaking or chairlift operations, if
These lines provide service to the communications towers on top of Emerald Mountain and Howelsen
Hill as well as service to the Brooklyn and Mt Werner Substations, which provide the majority of
power delivery to the city and associate areas.
The project is anticipated to
begin later this month or at the
beginning of August and will
focus first on clearing the right-
of-way area. As work moves into
August, watch for design
finalization and staking pole
locations. September sees the
arrival of materials and the start
of construction. During October
and November, construction
continues and the old line is
Construction during the project
will use the existing Blackmere
Drive on Emerald Mountain for
access to the top of Howelsen Hill and existing roads and access points on Howelsen Hill for
construction on the lower portions of the hill. All disturbed areas will be revegetated by YVEA to 75%
coverage within one year and 100% coverage within three years.
YVEA will coordinate with the City of Steamboat Springs Parks & Recreation on required closures
and detours during the project. City staff is working to minimize the impact on trails and events and
will post notices should closure be necessary.