February 14, 2012 |

Equitable Gas mainline to be replaced

Starting in March, Equitable Gas will begin a significant project to upgrade mainline piping on several South Side streets.

To better inform residents of the planned work, Equitable Gas will host a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Brashear Center, 2005 Sarah Street.

The exact day the work will begin has yet to be determined according to Scott Waitlevertch, external communications and government relations manager for Equitable Gas. The start date could be affected by the weather. However, crews will be out at the end of February or early March putting 811 Call Before You Dig line markings on the sidewalks and streets.

Residents are advised to watch for no parking signs on their streets once work begins, Mr. Waitlevertch said. During the pipeline work cars that are parked in the construction zone could be towed so the work isn't delayed.

"We recognize our work will add to [parking] woes," he said.

To minimize the impact on the neighborhood, the work will be compartmentalized. Crews will do one segment before moving on to the next.

Once the new pipeline is installed a temporary restoration of the roadway will be done. Later permanent repairs to the road surface will be performed when several streets are ready for paving at the same time.

Area residents will be able to sign up for email updates to let them know when work will begin on their streets.

The project will begin as soon as weather permits and will last into the fall. According to Equitable Gas officials, after a section of pipe is replaced, the company or its contractors will restore the streets, sidewalks, yards, landscaping and more to meet City of Pittsburgh codes.

Crews are expected to work from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Project updates will be available on the Equitable Gas website, www.equitablegas.com, throughout the spring, summer and fall.

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