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UGI Announces Pottsville Infrastructure Betterment Project

20 May 2014

READING, PA, May 20, 2014 – UGI – Central Penn Gas will begin a natural gas main replacement project in the City of Pottsville beginning Tuesday, May 27.  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.  

The Pottsville project will take place on West Market Street, beginning at Montgomery Street and moving east, ending at 19th Street. Construction is expected to take approximately ten weeks.

Natural gas main replacement construction will generally be performed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Work will take place primarily on the north side of Market Street, and traffic will be restricted to one lane during construction. Motorists will experience some traffic delays due to this work.

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 Pottsville’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 to replace approximately 65 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains, in addition to completing a variety of system enhancement projects. The Pottsville project will replace bare steel with high-density plastic.

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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