READING, PA, October 29, 2013 – UGI Utilities – Gas Division will begin a natural gas main replacement project on four blocks of the east side of North 2nd Street and one block of Pine Street in the City of Harrisburg beginning November 4. This project represents the second phase of a five-phase infrastructure betterment plan slated for downtown Harrisburg in 2013 and 2014.
UGI successfully completed the first phase of this effort, a pipeline replacement project on North 3rd Street from Strawberry Street to Forster Street as well as several adjoining streets, in September.
UGI’s downtown Harrisburg project is replacing cast iron and unprotected steel pipelines with contemporary plastic and protected steel facilities. The project includes a number of streets in the downtown area, and is part of the Company’s multi-year $1.2 billion infrastructure betterment initiative.
The North 2nd Street project will replace a cast iron main with cathodically-protected steel. As part of the project, UGI will perform road restoration and sidewalk repair to areas affected by the construction. Restoration will take place shortly after construction is completed.
Work associated with the pending North 2nd Street infrastructure project extends from State Street to Walnut Street on the east side of the road. The North 2nd Street project is expected to take several months to complete. Work will be performed during the hours from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
East side parking will be restricted on blocks under construction during work hours, and North 2nd Street may be restricted to two lanes from 9 am. to 3 p.m. in affected blocks as necessary. Construction will also affect sidewalk access. UGI will provide alternate walkways when needed.
UGI has worked closely with the City of Harrisburg in planning all phases of this project and appreciates the continued cooperation of the City as UGI invests in the region.
“UGI recognizes that some residents and businesses will be inconvenienced during this project and we 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 the City’s cooperation and assistance in planning and executing this effort.”
More than than 85 percent of UGI’s 12,000 miles of gas pipelines are currently constructed of contemporary materials. UGI’s 2014 fiscal year infrastructure betterment plan calls for the Company to spend approximately $85.7 million across its service area to replace an additional 67 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains, in addition to completing a variety of system enhancement projects.
UGI has been in contact with residents and businesses affected by this project. 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.
These 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.