I received the below press release via email today. They also had people going door to door yesterday notifying homes and businesses.
PECO has begun a three month project along Fayette Street to expand natural gas service for customers in Conshohocken Borough. The $1.3 million project includes replacement of existing cast iron and bare steel natural gas main and the installation of 3,385 feet of new 4-inch plastic natural gas main, which is more durable and easier to maintain. This PECO project, which was scheduled to be completed in 2013, has been accelerated to accommodate a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) project, scheduled for this summer, to repave Fayette Street.
To accelerate the completion of this project, PECO has received approval from Conshohocken Borough officials to perform around-the-clock work on Fayette Street, and will be working 16-hour shifts, between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. on several side streets. The work on Fayette Street will occur between 3rd and 11th Streets. Work also will occur on 3rd, 6th and 7th Streets. PECO and its contractors will make every attempt to minimize the impact of this work on local traffic.
“This is a great example of how PECO and PennDOT work together to help minimize the impact of these projects on the local community,” said Peter Ancona, director of Gas Operations for PECO. “Each year, we review system performance and identify areas for improvement to meet the needs of our customers. This work ensures we live up to our commitment to provide safe, reliable gas service to our customers.”
This project is part of nearly $70 million in capital investments PECO is making to its natural gas system this year. This includes inspecting equipment, completing necessary repairs or replacements, and performing preventative maintenance work. In addition, PECO has allocated about $10 million this year to bring natural gas service to new customers.
PECO serves 161,000 natural gas customers in Montgomery County.
PECO maintains a rigorous maintenance and inspection program to ensure safe and reliable service for its 494,000 natural gas customers. The company operates and maintains more than 12,000 miles of natural gas distribution and service lines and 31 miles of natural gas transportation lines in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Lancaster counties.