Work to Begin on Latest Phase of 2nd Street Project
UGI Utilities, Inc. announced that beginning Monday, October 5, Company infrastructure will be upgraded on the 400 through 600 blocks of the west side of North 2nd Street, as well as the 100 block of South Street in Downtown Harrisburg. UGI expects this project to be completed by the end of this year.
Previous phases of UGI’s infrastructure betterment project upgraded natural gas mains on portions of North 3rd Street and North 2nd Street, as well as North Street, Liberty Street Commonwealth Avenue, Walnut Street, and Front Street.
Work on 2nd Street will be performed between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Commuters are alerted that one lane of 2nd Street will be closed each weekday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Commuters may experience some traffic delays.
Local residents and commuters should be aware that parking will be restricted on affected blocks of North 2nd and South Streets during work hours. Construction may also affect sidewalk access. UGI will provide alternate walkways in areas where high pedestrian traffic normally occurs.
Construction activities will be temporary suspended for special downtown activities, such as the Holiday Parade.
UGI has been in contact with residents and businesses affected by this project, and is working with area businesses to minimize disruption of their operation. Whenever appropriate, UGI will replace service lines leading to homes and businesses during the main replacement project and, in some cases, will need to gain access to these buildings.
This project is part of a multi-year initiative focused on the Harrisburg downtown area. These efforts are associated with UGI’s commitment to provide safe and reliable energy service to the Harrisburg community. With the completion of this project, UGI will have upgraded all of its natural gas distribution pipeline infrastructure around the Capitol Complex, from the Susquehanna River to North 7th Street, from Forster Street to Walnut Street.
“UGI recognizes that some residents will be inconvenienced during this ongoing 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 these long-term system improvements. We also thank the City of Harrisburg for their cooperation and assistance in planning and executing these efforts.”
This latest phase of the project is part of the Company’s multi-year $1.2 billion infrastructure betterment initiative. The Downtown Harrisburg project will replace cast iron mains with high-density plastic and cathodically-protected steel.
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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