Gas line work to rip up and close streets

UGI Inc., the natural gas company replacing underground lines throughout the city, plans a project near UPMC Susquehanna and surrounding neighborhoods in coming weeks.

The utility officials told City Council public works committee Tuesday about the project, which will be along Rural Avenue, between First and Cherry streets. The project includes cross streets such as Maple and Locust streets, according to David Columbine, city street excavation inspector.

The project entails connecting plastic pipe to existing pipe to increase gas flows, he said.

The committee wanted to ensure residents and those heading to and from the hospital were made aware ahead of time.

Detours have not been established but there will be flaggers directing traffic.

It will entail excavating sites, Columbine said.

Once the project begins, at the First Street area, it will last, depending on weather, about six to eight weeks, he said.

Property owners in the area will be notified by mail by J.F. Kiely the sub-contractor for the utility, Columbine said.

Another project by the utility continues in the east end of the city. The gas line replacement has taken place on Penn Street, between Third Street and Woodland Avenue, according to officials. The next phase will be milling and overlaying. Detours will be in effect, officials said.