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Press Release

PG&E Upgrading Natural Gas Pipes in Tracy

Posted: Apr 14, 2014
Location: Tracy, Calif.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will begin work this month to upgrade 4,400 feet of natural gas transmission pipeline in north Tracy. PG&E crews are scheduled to work through August, weather permitting. 

 This project is part of PG&E’s Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP), created at the direction of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), with the goal of enhancing safety and improving operations. The work on Grant Line Road was identified after the City of Tracy completed its widening project that was approved by the City Council on February 21, 2012.
 
“This pipeline replacement project will improve the safety and integrity of the natural gas system for our customers in Tracy,” said John Martin, gas superintendent for PG&E’s Stockton and Yosemite Divisions. “We appreciate the support and patience of area residents and businesses while we conduct this important gas infrastructure work.”
 
The pipeline upgrade will take place along Grant Line Road between Holly Drive and North MacArthur Drive. The work will take place in two phases. The first phase, scheduled from April 17 to May 1, will consist of digging into portions of the asphalt along Grant Line Road to identify any utilities that may be in conflict with the pipeline replacement project. The second phase will be the actual replacement work, which is expected to take place from mid-July through August. Traffic impacts during both portions of the project will be moderate as the work will cause the closure of one lane on Grant Line Road. Proper warning signs and flaggers will be in place to direct traffic and speed limits on this portion of Grant Line Road will be reduced to accommodate the construction activities.
 
Customers with questions about this specific project can contact PG&E Customer Impact Specialist Ricardo Navarro at (209) 576-6542.
 
Once upgrades are complete, the new pipes will be tested to ensure they are operating safely before being placed into service. Crews will also perform work to restore the road back to its original condition.
 
Following standard safety practices, crews will vent natural gas from pipelines as the project progresses. As PG&E vents the pipe, 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; however, PG&E encourages anyone who has concerns about natural gas odors in or around their home or business to call us at 1-800-743-5000.
 
About PG&E
 
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.
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