Blair Weyer, Community Relations Specialist
Aspen Police Department | 506 E Main Street, Suite 102 |Aspen, CO 81611
Media Questions: (970) 315-2478 | Main Office: (970)920-5400
PowerOutage in Downtown Aspen
ASPEN, CO - 8/4//14 - Atapproximately 11:30 a.m. a main electric feeder line in Aspen was severed dueto private excavation work on E. Hallam Street. A significant portion of downtown Aspen lost power at that time. Approximately two and a half hours laterpower was restored to sections of Aspen; however, portions of downtown between Garmisch and Spring Streets andHyman Avenue and Hallam Street still have partial electricity.
City of Aspen technicians inaddition to sub-contractors are on the scene currently working to fix theproblem. The repair work entails severalhours of digging and 1-5 hours of repair work. They have exposed 9 cables thatwere severed or nicked. Five of these are considered major cables which providepower to a majority of the affected area and four are considered minor cablesthat are limited to a smaller area.
During the repair of thesecables there is potential for a full blackout in affected areas before power isrestored completely. The problem isestimated to be fixed by midnight.
Traffic lights at Aspen andMonarch streets are still not functioning, please treat these intersections asfour-way stops. To maintain a safe environment the Aspen Police are securingtemporary lighting in strategic locations downtown. Emphasis is being placed onintersections without traffic lights and areas of high pedestrian traffic.
Representatives from the Cityof Aspen have been contacting local businesses door to door keeping themapprised of the situation.
If you have plans in thedowntown core of Aspen please call the establishment to determine whether ornot they have power.
Continual updates will beposted to pitkinemergency.org until power is restored to affected areas.
If you have a health or safetyemergency call 911. If you don’t have access to a telephone attempt to locatean Aspen Police Officer. There are multiple officers patrolling the affectedarea on foot.
Media inquiries should bedirected to the public information line (970) 510-0794.