Open house tonight for PG&E street work: company will replace gas lines


(Editor’s note: The News-Ledger newspaper expects to have some additional information on this topic in its Aug. 21 edition.)

PG&E has announced it will be working to replace underground natural gas lines in parts of West Sacramento through late November. The company is expecting the work to cause few disruptions in gas service.

Crews will be working to replace pipes under West Capitol Avenue (Northport Drive to Westacre Road), Westacre Road (Merkley Avenue to Jefferson Blvd.), Jefferson Boulevard to 15th Street, and 15th Street to the Sacramento River.

“At times, you may smell gas and hear a loud, steady noise as we vent natural gas from the pipeline using safe and common techniques,” said a PG&E advisory sent to property owners along the route. “Although this is normal when crews are working, we encourage anyone who has concerns about the smell of gas to call us 24 hours a day at 1-800-743-5000.

The work will close one lane in each direction on West Capitol. One lane will be left open at Harbor and West Capitol, reports PG&E, and and traffic will be diverted to one side of the median on West Capitol between Glide and Poplar avenues.

Other lane diversions will take place on Merkley and Jefferson (between Park and 15th) during construction.  A lane will be closed on Jefferson near the freeway. A detour will be available for Westacre Road and West Capitol.

“Although access to some driveways may occasionally be affected,” reported PG&E, “crews can provide access within a few minutes of your request.”

Local motorists are asked to allow a little extra time for their trips during the construction period.

Interested people may attend a project workshop from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, Galleria rooms 157-160.


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