Gas main work begins July 11 in West End

As part of Eversource’s work to upgrade its natural gas distribution system, the company is investing $1.6 million on projects in the city of Bristol, a press release from the utility announced.

The work involves replacing more than 5,500 feet of existing cast iron and bare steel gas main with newer plastic pipe – which is safer, more durable and better able to handle fluctuations in underground temperatures, said the release. In the past five years, Eversource has replaced more than 100 miles of older gas main around the state.

“As state-of- the-art materials and construction techniques advance, we continue upgrading our system to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas,” said Marc Andrukiewicz, Eversource vice president of gas engineering, according to the press release. “Each year, we review the system’s performance and identify areas to make necessary and valuable improvements to maintain a first-rate natural gas distribution system.”

The Bristol project begins July 11, and crews will be working weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. along Divinity Street between Park and West streets, as well as Landry Street.

Eversource communicates with community leaders and customers where work is being done to minimize the impact to traffic and coordinate with other roadwork happening in the town. Drivers may experience delays due to alternating one-way traffic. Customers may experience a short disruption to their natural gas service when the new main is being activated and they will be notified in advance by letter, phone or an in-person visit. These gas main improvement projects are expected to be complete by December, said the release.

For information on Eversource’s natural gas expansion efforts, visit Eversource.com.