READING, PA, September 30, 2013 – UGI Penn Natural Gas began a natural gas main replacement project in the 200 block of Harrison Avenue in Scranton on September 30. The project is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.
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.
Natural gas main replacement construction will be performed from approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Gas service line and meter work to individual homes and businesses will also be performed during normal work day hours. 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.
“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 Scranton’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
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.