Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) has completed installation of the new, expanded storm sewer system on E. Dakota Avenue and adjacent alleys in the South Hilltop neighborhood. This project was undertaken to mitigate the significant amount of stormwater that flows through the neighborhood causing localized flooding and safety hazards to pedestrians and drivers during storm events.
Crews will be installing new power poles in the alleys between S. Hudson and S. Holly Streets and S. Holly and S. Ivy Streets (from E. Dakota Avenue to E. Virginia Avenue). New underground conduits have been installed under E. Dakota Avenue from Hudson Street to Kearney Street (except for Ivy Street and just west of Kearney Street which crews will complete in the coming week). These conduits will house the existing overhead electric lines on E. Dakota Avenue when they are moved underground, along with the new street lighting electric lines. The public should expect one-lane closures in the active work areas along E. Dakota Avenue; construction flaggers will be in place to direct travelers.
There will also be utility work in the alley between S. Jersey and S. Jasmine Streets (from E. Dakota Avenue to E. Virginia Avenue).
It is possible that utility interruptions may occur in the process of undergrounding the electric lines. Xcel will work to schedule service disruptions during non-peak hours and restore service as quickly as possible. Impacted properties will be notified in advance.
Installation of the underground lines is currently expected to take eight months to complete. The overhead lines will be removed following the switch to the new system later this year.
Once Xcel completes the utility undergrounding on E. Dakota Avenue and in the adjacent alley, the City of Denver will mill and repave to provide a clean corridor in the project area.
Construction began in January 2021 and was completed in July 2021.
Design — 2018-2019
Planning — 2017
Council District: 5
Neighborhood: South Hilltop
City and County of Denver
Blake Russo-Nixon, Project Manager
Xcel Project Contractor
David Koehler, Hooper Corporation