PG&E work to disrupt Gridley traffic starting Monday night

Feb 28, 2014 3:44 PM

PG&E will begin work Monday to remove an old gas pipeline and as a result one lane along Highway 99 and East Hazel Street will be closed.

A press release stated that work will begin at 8 p.m. Monday and will be finished by 5 a.m., crews will work Monday through Friday for two weeks.

During work hours, northbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane along Highway 99 for a block from Sycamore Street to East Hazel Street. Eastbound East Hazel Street will be closed at Highway 99 for about 100 feet east. When crews are not working all lanes will be open.

Crews are working to de-activate a 100-foot long 2-inch steel gas distribution pipe that no longer serves any customers. To deactivate the pipe, crews need to excavate at the intersection and remove a 2.5-foot section to disconnect it from an 8-inch transmission gas line.

Workers will vent natural gas from pipelines as the project progresses. 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.


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