UGI Utilities, Inc. will spend more than $265 million in fiscal year 2021 to replace natural gas mains and associated facilities, as well as complete a number of system enhancement projects.
“UGI remains committed to enhancing the safety and reliability of our infrastructure,” Tim Angstadt, UGI Vice President of Operations, said. “These infrastructure projects ensure our system provides safe and reliable service for UGI customers and for the many communities we serve.”
Approximately 68 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains are targeted for replacement in UGI’s current fiscal year plan. The new mains will be constructed of contemporary materials such as high-density plastic or protected steel. These infrastructure replacement projects are complemented by a number of UGI capital projects such as pressure reinforcements to improve system reliability, service line and meter replacements, and regulator station improvements.
UGI’s infrastructure replacement plan prioritizes projects based on a variety of factors. Since 2011, UGI has retired approximately 600 miles of non-contemporary pipelines.
UGI will provide advance notification regarding construction schedules to residents of the communities where these projects will occur. As part of the construction projects, UGI will replace service lines to customer homes as needed as part of the natural gas main betterment initiative. When replacing service lines, UGI personnel will need to gain access to customer residences.
UGI reminds residents in affected communities that projects may cause temporary parking restrictions and traffic congestion. UGI works collaboratively with municipal officials to minimize traffic and parking issues associated with these projects and to provide specific detour and lane restriction information to local residents and commuters traveling through project work zones. Construction projects typically take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted.
UGI’s infrastructure replacement and betterment projects also provide an opportunity for homes and businesses within the project areas to convert to natural gas. UGI encourages customers along project routes to contact the company at 800-276-2722 if they are interested in converting to natural gas during construction.
Listed below are key infrastructure projects that will replace non-contemporary natural gas mains with high-density plastic or protected steel. The listed projects are either scheduled for completion in fiscal year 2021 or are already under construction. The project list is subject to change based on a number of factors including, but not limited to inclement weather and municipal roadwork schedules. In some cases, adjoining streets may also be impacted by construction.
In addition to the projects listed in this release, UGI has already completed approximately 69 projects of varying length in fiscal year 2021, which began on October 1, 2020.
Customers and community residents interested in additional information can view a complete list of scheduled infrastructure projects, along with their status, on UGI’s website at www.ugi.com/construction. This site is regularly updated. The site also includes a list of projects that have been completed in the past six months and is available to view on the right.
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