PG&E will begin to upgrade two miles of natural gas transmission lines through an older neighborhood in Roseville sometime this week.
Last fall the utility announced that it would replace 1,200 miles of defective plastic natural gas pipes made in the 60′s and early 70′s.
The Stonegate neighborhood in West Davis experienced 57 gas leaks over a five-year period. Residents say it was the two-inch plastic pipes manufactured during that time frame that was the culprit.
Just over a year ago, a four-inch pipe made of the material failed and caused a fire in the street on Cirby Way and Riverside Avenue that burned for seven hours. About 20 businesses were evacuated. That pipe was replaced just after the fire.
PG&E said some traffic will be diverted in the area north of Atlantic Street and east of Encinal Avenue. Much of the work will entail drilling underground, but some open trenching will be required. The venting of old pipes may mean residents will smell the odor of natural gas. PG&E said it will not be a safety hazard. Some residents may also lose gas for a time.
Residents say they welcome the upgrade of the pipes and say the inconvenience they suffer will be a small price to pay for their safety. Tom Mulholland says there was a leak two years ago on the street where he lives.
“I’m glad they’re doing it, to upgrade, definitely. I think it will be worth it,” said Mulholland.