READING, PA, June 4, 2014 – UGI – Central Penn Gas will begin a natural gas main replacement project in the Borough of Huntingdon beginning Monday, June 9. This project is part of the Company’s multi-year $1.2 billion infrastructure betterment initiative designed to replace cast iron and unprotected steel pipelines with facilities made of contemporary materials.
The project will take place on the 300 and 400 blocks of 2nd Street in Huntington, as well as on State Route 26. Construction is expected to take approximately eight weeks.
Natural gas main replacement construction will generally be performed from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Traffic will be restricted to one lane on affected roads during construction.
Residents in the construction area are urged to find different parking arrangements. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the construction area and follow alternate routes.
Gas service line and meter work to individual homes and businesses will also be performed during the project. UGI will require access to buildings along the route to complete of the project.
“UGI recognizes that some residents will be inconvenienced during this project and 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 and we appreciate our customers’ and the community’s understanding as we make this long-term system improvement. We appreciate Huntingdon’s cooperation and assistance in planning and executing this effort.”
More than 85 percent of UGI’s 12,000 miles of gas pipelines are currently constructed of contemporary materials. UGI’s 2014 infrastructure betterment plan calls for the Company to spend approximately $85 million. The 2014 betterment plan is designed to replace approximately 65 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains, in addition to completing a variety of system enhancement projects. The Huntingdon project will replace a cast iron natural gas main with a high-density plastic pipeline.
This construction projects also provide an opportunity for homes and businesses without natural gas service to convert to natural gas. Homeowners who convert can save more than $1,500 per year in energy bills. UGI encourages those along the project route to contact the company at (800) 652-0550 if they are interested in converting to natural gas during construction.
UGI is a natural gas and electric utility company that serves approximately 660,000 customers. Additional information concerning UGI’s infrastructure betterment program is available at www.ugi.com/construction. General information about UGI Utilities is available at www.ugi.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities or Twitter: www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.
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