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PG&E to Replace 2 Miles of Pipeline: Roseville Residents May Smell Gas

The utility will replace 11,000 feet of plastic natural gas pipeline in Roseville.

Roseville residents could smell natural gas and hear pipelines being vented as PG&E replaces about 2 miles of pipeline around town.

The utility will be performing the work from mid-February until July, and will be replacing 2-inch plastic lines from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

About 11,000 feet of natural gas pipeline will be replaced in the areas of: "Hill Avenue, Lomlas Avenue, Encinal Avenue, San Juan Avenue, Valencia Avenue, Sierra Boulevard, Shasta Street, Yosemite Street, Sequoia Street, Alta Vista Avenue, Berry Street, Tiger Way, Patty Street, East Street, Waston Way, Manzanita Ave and Lasen Way."

The full press release from PG&E follows:

ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- In its continuing effort to modernize and strengthen its natural gas system, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will upgrade 11,000 feet of gas distribution line and related services in Roseville. This project will improve the safety and integrity of the pipelines that deliver natural gas directly to homes and businesses.

From mid-February through July, PG&E crews will install a new 2-inch plastic gas
line in the areas of Hill Avenue, Lomlas Avenue, Encinal Avenue, San Juan Avenue, Valencia Avenue, Sierra Boulevard, Shasta Street, Yosemite Street, Sequoia Street, Alta Vista Avenue, Berry Street, Tiger Way, Patty Street, East Street, Waston Way, Manzanita Ave and Lasen Way.

Work will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, except on holidays. In order to minimize traffic disruptions, crews will typically install the new pipe by boring beneath the street surface. When traffic control is required, appropriate signage and crews will be visible. Once upgrades are complete, the new pipes will be pressure tested before being placed into service.

PG&E is reaching out to customers in the area to provide information about the project and to address any questions or concerns. PG&E will also work individually with any customers who will experience a short interruption in gas service at some point during the project.

Throughout this project, crews will need to vent natural gas from the existing pipeline in a safe and controlled manner. As PG&E vents the pipe, the smell of natural gas and the sound of venting may be noticeable to nearby homes and businesses, depending on wind direction. The natural gas will quickly dissipate into the atmosphere and will not be harmful; however, PG&E encourages anyone who has concerns about natural gas odors in or around their home or business to call 1-800-743-5000.

John February 08, 2013 at 12:22 AM
plastic pipes?! not sure that sounds too safe

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