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April 4, 2017

WEEK 6: Street resurfacing and natural gas infrastructure upgrades


Pensacola streets are the focus of a $30 million program that is resurfacing 119-miles of roadway and replacing more than 46-miles of underground natural gas distribution lines. This week, weather permitting, the resurfacing work will be focused in the western and downtown areas of the city.
  • Traffic impacts for drivers and adjacent property owners include:
  • Congestion from construction vehicle traffic.
  • Noise, dust, and vibration.
  • Temporary street closures and detours.
  • On-street parking restrictions.
Residents and property owners are being notified by mail of resurfacing work schedule in their area. Then, 24-48 hours before work begins on a specific street, personnel are distributing information door-to-door reminding residents to temporarily relocate any vehicles parked on the street.

The potential for minor inconvenience associated with the construction comes with major benefits that include:
  • Safer roadways.
  • Less wear-and-tear on vehicles.
  • Smoother riding surfaces.
  • Improved fuel efficiency.
  • Reduced life-cycle maintenance costs.
  • A better appearance for our neighborhoods and commercial districts.
Paving

Work is also underway beneath city streets as crews from Pensacola Energy work to replace approximately 46-miles of natural gas distribution lines. Construction activities remain focused in the Downtown West and South Palafox sectors of Pensacola.

Aging, cast-iron pipes are being replaced with new, corrosion-free medium density polyethylene pipe. Residents may notice digging and boring underway in city-owned right-of-way areas as crews install the new pipes. 
 
The work will benefit natural gas customers by increasing system reliability, improving operational safety, and lowering life-cycle maintenance costs. 

The improvements will also permit the city system to deliver at more than 200 times greater pressure than at present. 

Natural gas customers will be able to use more and larger gas appliances such as whole-house generators, tank-less water heaters, and swimming pool and spa heaters.

When notified of work beginning on their street, property owners need to remove vehicles parked on the right-of-way. Notification is being provided by mail several weeks before work begins in a neighborhood, and then 48 hours before work begins on specific streets.

From time-to-time, depending on location, the construction activities may result in temporary lane closures and/or sidewalk closures. Otherwise, the impacts are minimal.


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More information on the program is available by calling the city’s engineering consultant, Atkins, Inc., (850) 380-9188.


Information on the natural gas system improvements is available by calling Pensacola Energy at (850) 474-5300.

To view the week 6 summary and other documents click here.

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