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SoCalGas Pipeline Safety Testing May Affect Traffic along Sepulveda in West LA
June 16, 2016
LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2016 - Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) is updating and testing its natural gas pipeline system throughout Central and Southern California. This includes work beginning Monday, June 20 that may affect traffic in Westwood and other West Los Angeles neighborhoods.
The work being performed is part of SoCalGas’ Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan, which was filed to comply with the California Public Utilities Commission’s directives to enhance public and pipeline safety, and approved in 2014.
Pipeline safety work will begin around 9 p.m. on June 20 on Sepulveda Boulevard just south of Wilshire Boulevard. Work will continue along Sepulveda Boulevard for eight to 10 weeks, ending north of Pico Boulevard. SoCalGas crews will be excavating pipeline and installing testing components to enhance the integrity and safety of its system.
To minimize traffic congestion, SoCalGas will complete nearly all work during night time hours. There will be no lane closures during peak travel times, however at times there may be lane closures on Wilshire, Santa Monica, Olympic or Pico Boulevards. There also may be temporary street closures leading to Sepulveda (at Tennessee and Massachusetts Avenues).
Construction for the area is scheduled to take place during the following times:
- Monday to Friday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (night work)
- There will be no lane closures on Sundays before 8 p.m.
- Crew may be working around the clock on or around July 25 and August 2.
Traffic control and detour signs will be placed to guide motorists and facilitate the flow of traffic. Traffic on Sepulveda Boulevard will be slower than usual and sometimes will have reductions in lanes. Digital message boards, safety cones and flaggers will be on-site directing traffic. The company advises motorists to drive carefully past the work sites and observe all traffic control signs.
While construction work is expected to take eight to 10 weeks to complete, weather and other factors affecting safe working conditions could change the schedule. Drivers and pedestrians passing by the construction site may see an excavated section of pipeline with construction equipment and traffic control signage as well as trucks and other vehicles."Safety is, and has always been the most important part of our work. Our Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan will continue to enhance our system,"" said Rick Phillips, senior director of SoCalGas’ Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan.
In addition, the Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan also has significant economic benefits. The plan is expected to generate more than $1.9 billion in economic activity based on direct, indirect, and supporting services in Southern California.
SoCalGas strives to provide continuous natural gas service for its customers while the pipeline safety work is being performed. Any customers who are expected to experience a temporary natural gas service interruption will be notified by SoCalGas directly. If you have any questions or concerns about the testing, please call our Customer Contact Center at 800-427-2200.
For more information about SoCalGas Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan visit socalgas.com – Search “PSEP.”
Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 145 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21.6 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. Southern California Gas Co. is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.