Pipeline modernization project will enhance public safety and reliability in Los Angeles Harbor and South Bay areas
LOS ANGELES, January 15, 2018 – Southern California Gas Co. (So CalGas) announced today it will be performing an approximately $17 million pipeline modernization project beginning this month. The company will replace a half mile-long section of pipeline along West 190th Street with new pipeline between Vermont Avenue and Figueroa Street near the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110), as shown in this link. The work will begin January 16 and is scheduled to be complete in May.
“Upgrading our pipeline system helps ensure we can continue to reliably provide natural gas to homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and power plants in Los Angeles,” said Rick Phillips, senior director of SoCalGas’ Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan. “Our customers in this region prefer to use natural gas for heat and hot water because it’s more reliable and affordable than any alternative.”
The effort is part of SoCalGas’ Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP), a program that identifies various high pressure pipeline sections throughout SoCalGas’ system and schedules them to be pressure-tested and/or replaced.
Lane Reduction on 190th Street Starting January 16
To perform this pipeline improvement project safely, eastbound and westbound traffic on West 190th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays starting January 16 to May 2018. Eastbound and westbound traffic on West 190th Street between South Vermont Avenue and South Figueroa Street will not be able to make left turns for approximately .5 miles due to construction work in the middle lane. Westbound traffic will still be able to turn left or right onto Vermont Avenue. Eastbound traffic will still be able to turn left or right on South Figueroa Street.
Interstate 110 Southbound Off-Ramp at 190th Street Closed January 19-20
Additionally, Interstate 110 southbound off-ramp at 190th and West 190th Street between South Vermont Avenue and South Figueroa Street, will be closed to traffic from Friday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. to Saturday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. to install temporary concrete road barriers (k-rails) near the work site.
Traffic control message boards, cones and signs will help direct the flow of traffic. During work hours, commuters passing by the work site may see excavation, equipment and vehicles. Customers are not anticipated to experience any service interruptions. Some residents and local business owners may occasionally smell the odorant in natural gas and may also hear some work-related noise. Residents with questions may contact SoCalGas’ call center at 1-800-427-2200. The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States, providing clean, safe, affordable and reliable natural gas service to 21.7 million customers in Central and Southern California. Its service territory spans 22,000 square miles from Fresno to the Mexican border, reaching more than 550 communities through 5.9 million meters and 101,000 miles of pipeline. More than 90 percent of Southern California single-family home residents use natural gas for home heat and hot water. In addition, natural gas plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians—about 60 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.
SoCalGas has served communities in California for 150 years and is committed to being a leader in the region’s clean energy future. SoCalGas is working to accelerate the use of renewable natural gas, a carbon-neutral or carbon-negative fuel created by capturing and conditioning greenhouse gas emissions from farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. The company is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.
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