April 20, 2016 – UGI Utilities, Inc. will begin a natural gas main replacement project in Hazleton, Luzerne County beginning Monday, April 25. This project is part of the Company’s multi-year $1.2 billion infrastructure betterment initiative.
The natural gas main improvement project will be conducted on State Route (SR) 309 / North Church Street in Hazleton. The project area will encompass SR 309 / North Church Street between Diamond Avenue and 9th Street. The project is expected to last approximately six weeks and should conclude in early June. Natural gas main replacement construction is scheduled to be performed from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, weather permitting.
UGI’s Hazleton project will replace an existing unprotected steel natural gas main with a contemporary high-density plastic facility. UGI crews will be excavating in the construction zone along SR 309 / North Church Street. Residents and drivers traveling in area should note that lane restrictions will be in effect during the project, and should consider alternate routes. Motorists driving through the construction zone are urged to watch for roadwork signs, and to follow the directions of flag personnel.
“UGI recognizes Hazleton residents will be inconvenienced during this project. We will work to complete construction in a timely manner,” Robert P. Krieger, vice president of operations, said. “This project is part of UGI’s continuing commitment to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to our customers and our communities. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we make this long-term system improvement. We also thank the City of Hazleton for their cooperation and assistance in the planning and execution of this project.”
UGI will spend more than $150 million in fiscal year 2016 to replace natural gas mains and complete a variety of system enhancement projects. Approximately 64 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains are targeted for replacement this year. Since beginning this initiative, UGI has retired nearly 200 miles of non-contemporary pipelines.
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