In the middle of April, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania will begin a $1.6 million pipeline improvement project in Sewickley that will affect approximately 170 customers and involved periodic road closings.
"This is a very pretty significant pipeline improvement project in the community," said Sarah Perry, a spokeswoman for Columbia Gas.
The company will be replacing approximately 8,000 feet of steel pipe with "state-of-the-art" plastic pipe on Walnut Street, Grant Street, Little Street, Frederick Street, Henry Avenue, Thorn Street, Emery Street, Bank Street, Ferry Street and Elwick Street.
Columbia said it will notify customers prior to the start of the project and again will notify customers with door hangers three days in advance of any temporary service interruptions.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of November.
Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Temporary road closures and restricted parking will happen only during working hours. Ms. Perry said the company wants to minimize the inconvenience to affected customers.
"We will do the best of our ability to lessen the impact on the community," she said.
Columbia plans to restore all affected properties to their pre-construction states as soon as possible after work is completed. Also, new service lines will be installed for impacted customers at no cost to them.
In the past several years, Columbia Gas has invested more than $400 million in its natural gas delivery system throughout Pennsylvania, replacing more than 2.3 million feet of pipe between 2007 and 2012. According to a recent press release, 850 jobs have been "directly or indirectly generated" because of this.
The company estimates that it will spend approximately $140 million more in pipeline infrastructure upgrades throughout Pennsylvania in 2013, with Sewickley being one of the communities that will benefit.
The utility will hold a public meeting to discuss details of the project from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 3 in the Sewickley Municipal Building on Thorn Street. Construction and engineering personnel will discuss impacted streets, project communication, temporary road closures, property restoration, service line replacements and meter relocation.
Next week, customers who will be affected by the pipeline improvement should receive a letter outlining details of the project.
In addition, Columbia Gas will post information about the project on its website, www.columbiagaspa.com.
Shellie Petri Budzeak, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.