The utility is replacing portions of its large transmission gas pipelines as part of its extensive, multiyear program to improve the safety of its natural gas system. PG&E is installing a 24 inch gas transmission line which requires heavy equipment. Following installation, a hydrostatic pressure test will be performed.
Due to the size of the pipe and equipment, the location of the pipe, and the restrictive space of the two lane road, Manila Drive has been closed to cars between Ellis Road and Enterprise Way.
For bicyclist and pedestrians, a sidewalk has been fenced off for passage. As work progresses the sidewalk will need to be closed, at times, for safety reasons during testing. When the sidewalk does close, a PG&E representative will be available at the light rail stations, near the site, to hand out tokens for bicyclists and pedestrians to use the lightrail. This will allow them to bypass the construction zone.
PG&E will limit certain construction at commute times, during Bike to Work Day, to ensure bicyclists have a great experience that day. Look for PG&E’s energizer station on the west side of the construction zone. Stop by, enjoy their refreshments and learn more about the project.
For more information on natural gas safety, customers can visit www.pge.com/gas or call PG&E’s gas system helpline at 1-888-743-7431.