READING, PA, April 22, 2014 – UGI Penn Natural Gas commenced natural gas main replacement projects in the City of Scranton and the Borough of Dunmore this week. These projects are 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 includes work on West Gibson Street between North Main Street and North Sumner Avenue. Construction is expected to take approximately four-to-six weeks.
The Dunmore project replaces a pipeline on Smith Street between Laurel Street and Meade Street. In addition, work will be done on various adjoining streets, including Sunset Drive, Naphin Hill Road, Philomena Street and Jane Street. Construction is expected to take approximately two months.
For both projects, natural gas main replacement construction will generally be performed from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Gas service line and meter work associated with individual homes and businesses will also be performed as part of the construction project during those times. UGI will require access into homes and businesses along the route when service line work is conducted. Motorists may experience some traffic delays due to this work.
“UGI recognizes that some residents will be inconvenienced during these projects and will work to complete construction in a timely manner,” Robert P. Krieger, vice president of operations, said. “These projects are 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 Scranton and the Borough of Dunmore for their cooperation and assistance in planning and executing these efforts.”
More than 85 percent of UGI’s 12,000 miles of gas pipelines are currently constructed of contemporary materials. UGI’s 2014 infrastructure betterment plan calls for the Company to spend approximately $85 million to replace about 65 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains. In addition, UGI will complete a variety of system enhancement projects. The Scranton and Dunmore projects will replace existing cast iron and steel mains 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 660,000 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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