Pacific Gas & Electric Company, which began upgrading 4,600 feet of natural gas distribution pipes in northwest Davis last month, expects to complete the pipeline replacement project mid-June, weather permitting.
The overhaul will modernize the system and increasing service reliability in Davis.
“This pipe replacement project will improve the safety and integrity of the natural gas system in Davis,” said Augie Ledesma, gas distribution superintendent for PG&E’s Sacramento Division. “We appreciate the support and patience of people who live and work in the area while we conduct this important gas infrastructure work.”
Work is being done along West Covell Boulevard between County Road 99 and John Jones Road. Traffic impacts are expected to be minimal as the work will require the closure of one lane and occasionally portions of the sidewalk during off-peak hours.
Trenching will be minimal as PG&E will mainly bore beneath the surface to install new 6-inch plastic gas lines. Work will generally occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, but work may occur as late as 6 p.m. and on some Saturdays.
Once upgrades are complete, the new pipes will be tested to ensure they are operating safely before being placed into service.
Following standard safety practices, crews will vent natural gas from pipelines as the project progresses. 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 800-743-5000.