PG&E to launch W. MacArthur Street gas pipeline replacement project on June 28

The Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has announced its intention to begin work on the gas pipelines on West MacArthur Street from June 28, 2021. The project is expected to be completed by October 2021.

PG&E advises drivers and pedestrians to expect traffic delays south and east of Highway 12 in the city of Sonoma as PG&E improves the safety and reliability of the natural gas system in the area . Starting the week of June 28, 2021, PG&E and its contractor, ARB, will begin replacing part of a natural gas transmission pipeline that runs along West MacArthur Street between 5e West Street and Highway 12 / Broadway.

The work is a pipeline replacement project that involves the excavation of trenches under West MacArthur Street to replace approximately 2,730 feet of 6 “steel transmission main with 8” steel pipe.

The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. Traffic delays are likely for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists during the Project as there may be detours, condensed lanes or lane closures at certain points in the Project.

PG&E personally contacted approximately 110 clients in the immediate work area along MacArthur Street and Fryer Creek. Approximately 2,434 customers in the Greater Area also received letters regarding the work.

During the project, crews may need to release natural gas from the pipeline. The industrial term for this is “ventilate a pipeline”. As PG&E is releasing gas from the line, the smell of natural gas and the noise of the ventilation may be noticeable. The natural gas released during ventilation will quickly dissipate into the atmosphere and will not be harmful. However, PG&E encourages anyone concerned about the odors of natural gas in or around their home or business to call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

Barring inclement weather or other factors, the security project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2021.

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