READING, PA, July 16, 2013 – UGI Penn Natural Gas will begin a natural gas main replacement project in the Honesdale business district on July 17. 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.
This infrastructure project will affect the following streets:
Construction will begin in the areas between 10th Street and 12th Street. The project is expected to be completed in September.
Natural gas main replacement construction will be performed during the evening hours from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to minimize disruption to traffic and businesses within the construction zone.
Gas service line and meter work to individual homes and businesses will be performed during normal work day hours, since access to buildings along the route will be required to complete that part of the project. Motorists may experience some traffic delays due to this work.
In a typical week, construction will take place from Sunday evening through Thursday morning. If inclement weather does not allow construction to take place on one of those work days, work for that week will be extended to Friday morning. Construction will not affect Friday or Saturday evening activities.
“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 Honesdale’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 2013 infrastructure betterment plan calls for the Company to spend approximately $71.1 million to replace an additional 63 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains, in addition to completing a variety of system enhancement projects. The Honesdale project will replace primarily cast iron main 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 $1,000 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 648,000 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.