More than a year after a PG&E gas pipe exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people and instigating a public outcry over lax oversight, the utility company will this summer fix or replace its oldest pipes in Palo Alto.
“The PG&E gas transmission line #109 is getting a much needed make-over along its oldest segments running through Palo Alto,” said Palo Alto Utilities Communications Manager Debra Katz.
Palo Altans will not see any disruption in their gas service, said Katz, but can definitely expect some traffic disruption, gas smell and noise while the work is getting done.
PG&E owns major statewide transmission pipelines that crisscross under Palo Alto.
The four major projects scheduled for this summer include:
- Transmission Pipeline #109—Charleston Road. Work begins June 11th. Open house at Hoover Elementary School on Thursday, May 31, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- Transmission Pipeline #109 Replacement---Miranda Ave---start expected late July
- Transmission Pipeline #101 Excavation for Routine Inspection---Embarcadero & E. Bayshore—start expected mid- June, date TBD
- Transmission Pipeline #101 Pig Launcher Facility---E. Bayshore---delayed until 2013.
A letter sent by PG&E to residents last week warned of the work planned for this summer. There will also be digital, wood and vinyl signage posted this week to notify residents, Katz said.
Further detail about the kind of work being performed on each segment is available here.