READING, PA, April 22, 2015 – UGI Utilities, Inc. has begun a natural gas main replacement project on King Street, Lancaster. This project is part of the Company’s multi-year $1.2 billion infrastructure betterment initiative. The focus of this initiative is to replace cast iron and unprotected steel pipelines with facilities made of contemporary materials.
UGI’s King Street project encompasses three different segments:
- First block to the 300 block of E. King Street (Queen to Plum Street)
- First block to the 300 block of W. King Street (Charlotte to Queen Street)
- 500-700 blocks of E. King Street (Ann to Reservoir Street)
Local residents are advised that UGI will work on all three segments of the King Street project simultaneously. Construction is expected to last three-to-four months.
Natural gas main replacement construction is scheduled to be performed from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Traffic restrictions will be in place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parking will be restricted through work hours. UGI will suspend work during First Fridays, the 4th of July festivities and the LPGA Women’s Open (July 6-12).
Work will be performed on gas service lines and meter sets serving individual homes and businesses as part of 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. We will work to complete the construction project 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 the City of Lancaster’s cooperation and assistance in planning and executing this effort.”
More than 87 percent of UGI’s 12,000 miles of natural gas mains are currently constructed of contemporary materials. UGI’s 2015 infrastructure betterment plan calls for the Company to spend approximately $85 million to replace approximately 62 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains, in addition to completing a variety of system enhancement projects. The King Street project will replace approximately 4,800 feet of cast iron main.
The Lancaster King Street project also provides an opportunity for homes and businesses without natural gas service to convert to natural gas. Homeowners who convert can save more than $1,000 per year in energy bills. UGI encourages those along the project route to contact the company at (800) 276-2722 if they are interested in converting to natural gas during construction.
UGI is a natural gas and electric utility company that serves approximately 670,000 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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