On Monday, April 12, 2021, natural gas crews from Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) will begin construction on a one-month project in downtown Norwich to replace several hundred feet of cast iron piping and four service lines.
The project will take place from Main Street through Franklin Square to Bath Street with construction taking place between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
This work has been scheduled to take place ahead of the work by Norwich Public Works to redesign the intersection and install a rotary in Franklin Square; this work is expected to begin in May and be completed over the summer. By coordinating the two projects, the City will save money on paving costs.
“NPU and Norwich Public Works have a great working relationship and we collaborate whenever possible,” said Chris LaRose, General Manager of NPU. “Regular communication and coordination help with save time and money for ratepayers and taxpayers every year.”
Traffic control will be provided by flaggers and the public is asked to use precautions when traveling through this area during working hours.
NPU is replacing approximately 350 feet of older, 12-inch gas main with new, six-inch plastic gas mains and four gas service lines. NPU estimates that the existing gas main was installed in 1910 and has out-performed its typical life expectancy. This work is part of NPU’s annual gas main replacement program.