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Potomac Utility Undergrounding & Sidewalk Project

The city is planning to make safety and accessibility improvements along the west side of Potomac Street, between Sixth Avenue and 14th Place.This map shows the area where utility undergrounding will allow for expansion of sidewalk widths for ADA compliance.

A project is currently planned to underground a portion of the overhead electric lines, construct a 4-foot sidewalk and upgrade street lights along the west side of Potomac Street. This project is in response to resident requests for pedestrian accommodations along the west side of Potomac Street. These improvements will provide an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible route where sidewalk currently does not exist, improving the neighborhood’s transportation facilities.

The project is funded by city funds and the 1% Xcel Fund, which is Xcel Energy revenue allocated to the city as part of an electric franchise agreement to fund projects that convert overhead power lines to underground.

View the project area map.

Planning and design of this project will be completed in phases and the city plans to keep property owners and residents informed and engaged along the way.

  • Preliminary land survey and planning: 2019 (complete)
  • Visits to each home to check electrical meter and box: May to July 2020 (complete)
  • Initial concept development: through July 2020 (complete)
  • Calls and video conferences to discuss specific changes for each property: Fall 2020 through Winter 2021 (complete)
  • Direct communication with property owners: Early 2024
  • Final design: Spring 2024
  • Construction: 2024

Project Contacts

For more information or to send a comment or question, contact:

Jacob DeBernardi
Project Manager
[email protected]

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