PG&E has begun a major effort to replace nearly two miles of aging natural gas distribution pipes through the older part of central Roseville.
It includes trenching along residential streets, although many sections will be bored and new plastic pipe inserted to reduce digging.
While some copper and steel pipe will be replaced, it also includes replacing defective plastic pipes made prior to 1973 that has issues with cracking. It was responsible for dozens of leaks in a West Davis neighborhood.
Several fires were caused by the failure of the defective pipe last year including a fire at Cirby Way and Riverside Avenue in Roseville that caused the evacuation of about 20 businesses.
“That got me to thinking this is a pretty old neighborhood here, if goes in that area, it can go in this area,” said Rudy Bracamonte who lives on East Street near where repairs are underway.
For the most part residents are glad PG&E is taking care of the problem before something breaks. The utility was criticized for lax maintenance after the San Bruno explosion and fire that killed 8 people and leveled 35 homes when a large PG&E distribution pipe failed.
The utility said residents in Roseville will experience noise traffic congestion in the next few months. Some homeowners will lose gas service temporarily and some may smell the odor of gas as lines are vented.
Customers are urged to call PG&E’s customer service number at 1 (800) 743-5000 if they have any concerns.
PG&E says the timing of the repairs doesn’t mean residents are in immediate danger. The City of Roseville plans to re-pave streets in the area and PG&E agreed to move up its repair schedule so it doesn’t have to dig up newly paved streets. Work should conclude before pavement work begins in July.