UGI Announces Wilkes-Barre Infrastructure Betterment Project
29 Jun 2016
June 29, 2016 – UGI will begin a natural gas main replacement project in the City of Wilkes-Barre, beginning the week of July 11. UGI’s Wilkes-Barre project will replace approximately 2,845 feet of an existing steel and plastic gas main with contemporary high-density plastic. This project is part of the Company’s multi-year $1.2 billion infrastructure betterment initiative.
The natural gas main improvement project will be take place on the following streets:
- Stanton Street between the Park Avenue/Hazle Street intersection and High Street;
- Harkins Lane from Griffith Lane to Airy Street;
- Griffith Lane between Stanton Street and Harkins Lane;
- Airy Street between Stanton Street and Harkins Lane.
The project is expected to last approximately seven weeks and is expected to be completed by the end of August. Natural gas main replacement construction will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting.
Residents and drivers traveling in area should note that lane restrictions and road closures 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 Wilkes-Barre 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 Wilkes-Barre 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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