P 03/18/2017 5:00:00

Gas pipeline replacement planned for Ralston Avenue

From May to September, PG&E crews are expected to replace 3,700 feet of pipeline on Ralston Avenue between Alameda de las Pulgas and Cipriani Boulevard in Belmont, according to the utility.

The replacement of a 4-inch pipeline with a 6-inch pipeline is part of an effort to increase capacity of Belmont’s natural gas system.

Construction is slated to take place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and may require lane closures, though traffic plans have yet to be finalized.

City officials heard a status update on the project at a study session Monday. Mayor Charles Stone said the council emphasized the congested nature of the corridor and asked the utility company to minimize the impact of the project and avoid doing work during school commute hours where possible. The site where work is planned is less than a mile away from Ralston Middle School and Cipriani Elementary School.

Pacific Gas and Electric spokeswoman Andrea Menniti confirmed the utility company would notify and stay in communication with the 4,000 customers near the project site as the project progresses, and any updates to traffic patterns would be distributed widely.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to gas safety and reliability, PG&E crews will upgrade a segment of PG&E’s natural gas system in the city of Belmont,” she said in an email. “This work … allows PG&E to stay ahead of demand for natural gas from our customers in the growing city and surrounding region.”


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