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August 26, 2014 > Second phase of pipe replacement project

Second phase of pipe replacement project

Submitted By Tamar Sarkissian

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is working on the second phase of a project to replace an eight-inch natural gas distribution feeder main that runs from Union City to Fremont, improving system safety and reliability. A natural gas distribution feeder main is a pipeline that breaks down natural gas flow from gas transmission lines to distribution lines. At the conclusion of the project, more than 6,000 feet of 8-inch steel natural gas pipeline will have been replaced.

PG&E crews broke ground on Alvarado Niles Road, a heavily traveled thoroughfare, earlier this summer. Crews are now working to the west on Alvarado Niles Road until they reach Decoto Road, approximately early to mid-September. They are replacing older pipe with new pipe that will both be tougher and improve safety. Crews are currently boring underneath a flood control channel to minimize disruption to the channel and private property.

Crews have already installed pipe past Osprey Drive and Serpentine Drive. They are working in the street during non-rush hour periods to minimize lane closures and reduce inconvenience to the public. PG&E has also performed customer outreach to residents closest to the work by sending letters and meeting with customers to address questions.

This is the second phase of the project. The first phase along Mission Boulevard in Fremont was finished on June 7. Once the second phase is complete, crews will return to FremontÕs Mowry Avenue for the third and final phase. They will conduct strength tests to ensure the line is safe before increasing the gas pressure on the line. This will also allow PG&E to satisfy significant increases in customer demand.

All three phases of the $10 million project are expected to be complete in late fall.

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