Trailblazer Broadband COVID-19 Updates in Cooperation with the Town of Estes Park

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Keep an Eye Out For Us!

Trailblazer is currently working in the following areas:

  • Village Green area
  • Little Valley & Fish Creek
  • West of University Drive heading North through Stanley Circle area
  • West of Hwy 7 from Lexington to High Acres Dr.
  • Carriage Hills
  • Kiowa area
  • Brodie & Community Dr. area
  • Stanley Village
  • Downtown Estes Park

We will soon be in:

  • Stanley Ave south to Lexington Lane west of Highway 7
  • East of Hwy 7 Community So to Country Club

If you are a downtown business owner interested in service, we encourage you to contact us at 970-577-3770 soon to set up a site review and get a quote for service.  Even though we are a few months out from business installations, we can start any necessary paperwork now so that when you are ready to install, everything is in place.

Downtown Broadband Construction Plan Virtual Meeting  –  Held September 1, 2020

FEBRUARY 2021 DOWNTOWN CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

Since last Fall, Estes Park Power & Communications teams have been working downtown to build out the mainline fiber infrastructure during the off-season.  This process takes several months, so we are doing the work now to minimize impact to businesses and avoid disrupting traffic.  Mainline construction is targeted for completion by Memorial Day 2021, so we can have our crews and their large equipment out of the area before Peak Season.

During this build, crews are placing vaults closer to buildings for easier access when businesses are ready to install service.  Once these main fiber lines are in, we will be able to provide service to individual businesses and schedule installation to their premises when they are ready and it works best in their business flow.

OUR TEAM

The same team that you depend on for excellent electric service is installing all new fiber to build our broadband network. Estes Park Power & Communications is also managing 4 contractor teams who assist with fiber construction, splicing and installation.

BUILDING A WORLD-CLASS SYSTEM TAKES TIME!

Service will be built out in phases over the next 3 to 5 years in coordination with existing electrical SmartGrid upgrades. The state-of-the-art fiber infrastructure requires an expansive network spread from 4 centralized “huts” to 55 strategically located cabinets and then to thousands of terminals across our valley.

Before service is available to you, there are a number of steps that must be completed. The first step is main construction to bring fiber to your area. As with electrical lines, main fiber lines may run overhead or be buried underground, depending on your location.

THE FIBER PATH

When running fiber underground, we must follow existing easements which is why we may have to “cut through” a sidewalk or parking lot rather than going around it.

While it may seem odd that you will see a trench run through the middle of a road around town, that is actually the BEST location because it avoids lanes where disruption could cause tire damage as well as the edges of the asphalt on each side which is weaker than down the middle of the of the road. Trenching cuts about a 2” line to house the fiber.

LOCATES

If underground work is required, you may see different colors of flags or spray paint in your neighborhood to identify all the various types of public utility lines that are underground.

UNDERGROUND TRENCHING

We are making every effort to minimize disruption, but some trenching is necessary to run the fiber for our internet service, again following the path of existing electrical lines wherever possible.

As of July 2020, our team has placed 23,218 Linear Feet of MicroTrench.

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT & LANDSCAPE RESTORATION

Protecting our viewshed and natural landscape is always a priority.

The Town of Estes Park has done extensive research and training to utilize the least invasive and most beneficial methods available to make the necessary improvements to the infrastructure.

Whenever digging is required, our team will take extra care to use the latest digging and trenching methods to minimize impact to your property and landscape. If micro-trenching across concrete or asphalt is used, a return visit for repairs may occur at a later date.

 

For more information about Trailblazer in your community click here to download our introductory resource packet.

This interactive construction map shows Estes Park Power & Communications fiber and electric projects in progress:

Click on your area to access additional details regarding current construction. To see when broadband service is available to you click on the following link. 

When service is available in your area, you will be notified by mail or email. To learn more about the home installation process, click the link below.