Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) has completed its largest natural gas construction project for the 2019 construction season, replacing 5,800 feet of natural gas main along Hamilton Avenue between East Main Street and Smith Avenue.

“We appreciate the patience of the public while our crews completed this important project,” said Chris LaRose, General Manager of NPU. “By modernizing another section of our natural gas system, our community is safer and our infrastructure is stronger.”

NPU scheduled the work with the State of Connecticut’s Department of Transportation, which is expected to begin paving on Route 165 / Hamilton Avenue in the fall. If NPU were responsible for paving along Hamilton Avenue, project costs would have increased by an additional $125,000.

Work on the project, which was completed entirely by NPU employees, began in April and was completed on Wednesday. In addition to installing more than a mile of natural gas pipe, crews installed or replace individual gas services at 42 locations, primarily residences.

The total budget for the project was $480,000.

Hamilton Avenue Gas Main Renewal project:

  • NPU crews renewed 5,800 feet of natural gas main between East Main Street and Smith Avenue
  • Individual gas services were replaced at 42 locations – primarily residences
  • Project was completed ahead of schedule – the project began in April and was expected to be completed before Labor Day with the work done entirely by NPU crews
  • Project was closely coordinated with DOT – which will pave the road in the fall, saving the ratepayers of NPU approximately $125,000
  • This is the largest natural gas project for NPU in 2019, with a total budget of approximately $480,000