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UGI Utilities Announces 2014 Infrastructure Replacement and Betterment Projects

16 Apr 2014

READING, PA, April 16, 2014 – UGI Utilities will spend more than $85 million in fiscal year 2014 to replace natural gas mains and complete a variety of system enhancement projects.

“Safety is always UGI’s first priority,” Hans Bell, UGI vice president of engineering, said. “These infrastructure projects continue our commitment to ensure our system provides safe, reliable service for our customers, and for the many communities we serve.”

Approximately 65 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains are targeted for replacement by mains constructed of contemporary materials such as high density plastic or cathodically protected steel as part of the UGI infrastructure betterment program. These infrastructure betterment projects are complemented by a number of regular UGI capital projects such as pressure reinforcements to improve system reliability, service line and meter replacements, and regulator station work.

UGI is in the early stages of a $1.2 billion commitment to replace all pipelines made of non-contemporary material within a 30 year period. The replacement schedule is guided by an infrastructure plan that prioritizes projects based on risk assessment and other factors.  Currently, more than 85 percent of UGI’s 12,000 miles of gas pipelines are constructed of contemporary materials.

Residents and elected and appointed municipal officials living in communities where these projects will occur will be notified of the construction schedule in advance. Whenever appropriate, UGI will replace service lines leading to homes during the main replacement project and, in some cases, will need to gain access to residences. In addition, these projects will cause temporary traffic and parking congestion. UGI will work with municipal officials to minimize these disruptions.

These construction projects also provide an opportunity for homes and businesses without natural gas service in the affected areas to convert to natural gas. Homeowners who convert can save up to $1,500 per year in energy bills. UGI encourages customers along the project route to contact the company at (800) 276-2722 (800-652-0550 in UGI Central Penn Gas service area) if they are interested in converting to natural gas during construction.

Key infrastructure betterment projects that will replace at least one-quarter mile of non-contemporary natural gas mains are listed below. These projects are either scheduled for completion in fiscal year 2014 or are already in process. The project list may change based on municipal and state road construction projects, the impact of weather, changes in prioritization and other factors.

In addition, a complete list of scheduled infrastructure projects, along with their status, can be found at www.ugi.com/construction. This site is updated as projects are scheduled and completed. The site also includes a list of projects that have been completed in the past six months.

Greater Reading Area

City of Reading
• 400 block of South 9th Street
• 1400 block of North 6th Street

Borough of Mount Penn
• 2600-2700 blocks of Cumberland Avenue
• 300-600 blocks of Butter Lane
Township of Exeter
• 4200 block of St. Lawrence Avenue

Greater Harrisburg Area

City of Harrisburg
• 1600 block of Daisy Street
• 300-1000 blocks of Market Street
• 1300-1700 blocks of State Street
• 1000-1400 blocks of North Front Street
• 2400-2600 blocks of North Front Street
• 100 and 500 blocks of North 2nd Street

City of Lebanon
• 1000-1100 blocks of Guilford Avenue and North 12th Street
• 000-400 blocks of East Walnut Street

Borough of Carlisle
• 200-800 blocks of North Hanover Street
• 300-500 blocks of West North Street

Borough of Steelton
• 100-700 block of Pine Street

Greater Lancaster Area

City of Lancaster
• 200-300 blocks of North Plum Street
• 500-600 blocks of South Lime Street

Greater Lehigh Valley

City of Allentown
• 800-900 blocks of Cedar Street
• 800-900 blocks of East Hamilton Street
• 800-900 blocks of North 4th Street
• 300 block of Susquehanna Street
• 800-900 blocks of Poplar Streets
• 2800 block of College Drive
• 100 block of St. George Street
• 1900 block of East Cedar Street
• 2800-3000 blocks of Chew Street
• 400 block of Cherokee Street

City of Bethlehem
• 1000-1200 blocks of Center Street
• 1500 block of Monocacy Street
• 2200 block of Eaton Avenue
• 600-700 blocks of Highland Avenue
• 400-500 block of Carlton Avenue

City of Easton
• 400 block of West Berwick Street

City of Hazleton
• 500 block of Harrison Street

Borough of Coplay
• 000 block of North 3rd Street
• 900-1000 blocks of Chestnut Street

Borough of Northampton
• 400-500 blocks of East 9th Street
Township of Bethlehem
• 3700 block of Linden Street
• 4200-4300 blocks of Winfield Terrace

Township of Hazle
• 600 block of Winters Avenue

Township of Salisbury
• 1700 block of Susquehanna Street

Township of Upper Saucon
• 00-200 blocks of Saucon Drive

UGI – Penn Natural Gas

City of Wilkes-Barre
•  0-100 block of South Washington Street

City of Williamsport
• 1400 block of Cherry Street

City of Sunbury
• 000 block of 7th Street

Borough of Dallas
• 100 block of Elmcrest Drive

Borough of Dickson City
• 1100 block of Frieda Avenue

Borough of Dunmore
• 400-500 blocks of Smith Street

Borough of Forty Fort
• 000 block of River Street

Borough of Montgomery
• 100 block of Wagner Street

Borough of Montoursville
• 1100-1300 block of Church Alley

Borough of Plymouth
• 100 block of Davenport Street

Township of Scott
• 1000-4000 blocks of Old Berwick Road

UGI – Central Penn Gas

City of Shamokin
• 500 block of Arch Street

City of Pottsville
• 1600 block of Market Street
• 1900-2100 blocks of West Market Street

Borough of Jim Thorpe
• 600-800 blocks of Center Avenue

Borough of Waynesboro
• 200-300 blocks of West 7th Street
• 100-200 blocks of Clayton Avenue

Township of Allegany
• Route 49

Township of Charleston
• Hillboldt Road

Township of Covington
• State Route 15

Township of Delmar
•  Stony Fork Road

Township of Eulalia
•  Route 872

Township of Genesee
• Hickox Ulysses Road

Township of Jackson (Tioga County)
• State Route 549
• Lake Road

Township of Licking
•  Blairs Corner Road

Township of West Branch
• West Branch Road

Township of Wharton
• State Route 3001

UGI is a natural gas and electric utility company that serves approximately 660,000 customers. Additional information about UGI Utilities is available at www.ugi.com. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ugiutilities or Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.

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