Last updated: March 29. 2014 3:00PM - 1828 Views
By Joe Healey jhealey@civitasmedia.com

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Taking Foote Avenue in Duryea?

You may want to consider a detour because a major natural gas main replacement project began last week and is expected to last until mid to late summer.

The construction will be on Foote Avenue from McAlpine Street to York Street. With work continuing on the Main Street bridge between Duryea and Old Forge, this route is heavily traveled.

A contractor hired by UGI Penn Natural Gas will be working from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Gas service line and meter work to individual homes and businesses will also be performed during construction.

Leeward Construction Inc. of Honesdale is performing the work.

A high pressure line is being replaced and a lower pressure line is being added.

UGI will require access to buildings along the route to complete the project. Motorists may experience some traffic delays due to this work.

Duryea Mayor Keith Moss said crews were working Wednesday in front of Germania Hose Co., but crews agreed to get out of the way in the event of an emergency call.

“They’re being very accommodating,” Moss said.

“UGI recognizes that some residents will be inconvenienced during this project and will work to complete construction in a timely manner,” said Robert P. Krieger, vice president of operations.

He said the project is part of UGI’s continuing commitment to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to its customers and communities.

“We appreciate our customers’ and the community’s understanding as we make this long-term system improvement,” he said. “We appreciate Duryea’s cooperation and assistance in planning and executing this effort.”

UGI is a natural gas and electric utility company that serves approximately 660,000 customers.

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