PG&E conducting pipeline testing in Oroville, traffic delays possible

May 14, 2014 11:09 AM

PG&E starts work this week to test nearly two miles of gas transmission line along Highway 162 near the Oroville Municipal Airport and Highway 70.

PG&E crews and a contractor will test two segments of an 8-inch natural gas transmission line to ensure it is operating safely and reliably. Testing is done by filling the lines with water and subjecting them to a pressure test under safe and closely monitored conditions.

The first segment to be tested is 1,550-feet long along Highway 162. It begins at a vacant lot at Feather River Boulevard and runs west under Highway 70.

The second segment being tested is 8,493-feet long also along Oro Dam Boulevard, from about 1,000 feet west of Par Four Way and ending between Chuck Yeager Way and Larkin Road. Both segments run along the north shoulder of the road.

For worker safety, the north side shoulder of the Oro Dam Boulevard will be closed at points along the project. There also will be brief road closures at times while equipment is moved across the roadway. Crews will generally be on site between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as some Saturdays.


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