July 29, 2015 – UGI Utilities, Inc. will begin a natural gas main replacement project in the City of Scranton beginning Monday, August 3. 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 Scranton project will take place on the 300 block of Meadow Avenue between River Street and Moosic Street. Construction is expected to last approximately three weeks.
Natural gas main replacement construction is scheduled to be performed from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in both directions on Meadow Street during construction. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible during this time.
Gas service line and meter work to businesses in the area will also be performed during the project. UGI will require access to buildings along the route to complete of the project. Several businesses will lose service temporarily during construction.
“UGI recognizes that some businesses and 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 Scranton’s cooperation and assistance in planning and executing this effort.”
More than 87 percent of UGI’s 12,000 miles of gas pipelines 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 Scranton project will replace 1,000 feet of unprotected steel pipe with high-density plastic.
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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