READING, PA, October 13, 2014 – UGI Utilities – Gas Division has completed work on Walnut Street – Phase IV of its multi-year downtown Harrisburg infrastructure betterment initiative and will move to the next phase of the project, which will be conducted on Front Street.
Beginning the week of October 20, UGI will upgrade infrastructure on Front Street between North Street and Strawberry Alley. Work will be performed on Front Street between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays. Commuters are alerted that one lane of Front Street will be closed each weekday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Commuters may experience some traffic delays.
Parking will be restricted on blocks under construction during work hours. Construction may also affect sidewalk access. UGI will provide alternate walkways in areas where high pedestrian traffic normally occurs.
Completion of Walnut Street – Phase IV of this project and commencement of Phase V is the latest milestone associated with UGI’s commitment to provide safe and reliable energy service to the Harrisburg community. With the completion of one additional phase scheduled for 2015, UGI will have upgraded all of its natural gas distribution pipeline infrastructure from the Capitol Complex to the Susquehanna River from North Street to Walnut Street.
Previous phases of the infrastructure betterment project upgraded UGI gas mains on portions of North 3rd Street and North 2nd Street, as well as North Street, Liberty Street and Commonwealth Avenue.
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.
“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. UGI’s 2014 infrastructure betterment plan calls for the Company to spend approximately $85 million to replace an additional 65 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains, in addition to completing a variety of system enhancement projects. 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 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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