August 14, 2013
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Gas Line Work to Affect FRCC Commuters from Loveland, Points South

Work on Xcel Energy’s project to replace gas lines in Larimer County will affect students, staff, and others commuting to Front Range Community College’s Larimer Campus from Loveland and other points south. The work is scheduled to begin Aug. 19. See map for alternate routes.

Shields Street, as it is known as in Fort Collins (Taft Avenue in Loveland) will be fully closed except to local traffic between Scenic Drive and Fossil Creek Drive. Drivers northbound on Shields will see detour signs at the intersection of Shields and Trilby Road. Drivers leaving southbound from the campus will see Road Closed signs at Fossil Creek Drive.

The closure could last four to six weeks.

Commuters from Loveland should consider using North Garfield Avenue (College Avenue in Fort Collins) or North Wilson Avenue (Taft Hill Road in Fort Collins). Harmony Road will remain open. The Shields Street entrance to the campus also will remain open, but drive carefully through the cone zone, and, upon exiting, right turn only is better. Expect heavier traffic at the Starflower entrance to the campus.

The northbound lanes of Shields Street between Harmony and Horsetooth are scheduled to open Aug. 19.

Xcel’s West Main Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement Project is rebuilding the existing high-pressure, natural gas transmission pipeline system, with some additional distribution line work.


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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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