State College

Gas line upgrade scheduled for portions of State College

Work on a $1.2 million natural gas pipeline upgrade is expected to get underway Tuesday in State College.

Columbia Gas is replacing 6,000 feet of pipe on South Garner and William streets between Easterly Parkway and Nimitz Avenue. There also will be work on surrounding streets, including Ellen Avenue.

Construction will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will cause temporary lane closures during those hours.

Russell Bedell, a Columbia Gas spokesman, said the company expects work to be complete by the end of the summer.

In the meantime, disruptions caused by the construction can be expected, borough officials said.

Individual customers will face temporary interruptions of natural gas service while they are connected to the new main line. Gas company officials will make personal contact with customers before shutting off service and to schedule restoration.

The company said all Columbia Gas employees and contractors carry identification cards bearing their name, photograph and identification number. Residents can ask to see those to confirm the workers are employed by Columbia Gas.

Bedell said the replacement is a scheduled project, necessary because of the age and condition of the existing line. Crews will replace steel pipe with more than 6,000 feet of plastic pipe.

Additional information can be found on Columbia’s website at