MARYSVILLE — PG&E began work this week to upgrade more than 1,200 feet of natural gas distribution pipes in north Marysville.
PG&E crews are scheduled to perform the upgrades through the end of December.
“This pipe replacement project will improve the safety and integrity of the natural gas system,” said Dave Ferguson, gas distribution acting superintendent for PG&E’s North Valley and Sierra divisions.
Traffic impacts will be minimal in the Yuba County community as many of the gas distribution lines are on wide streets. Trenching will be minimal as PG&E will mainly bore beneath the surface to install new 2-inch and 4-inch plastic gas lines.
The pipeline upgrades are along 14th Street between High and Maple streets; along G, Orange and F streets between 12th and 14th streets; and along Maple between 8th and 14th streets.
There will be a brief interruption in gas service as the old lines are taken out of service and new lines are placed into service. PG&E will directly contact all 17 customers who will be impacted.
Work will generally occur Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Once upgrades are complete, the new pipes will be strength 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 1-800-743-5000.