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Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seattle area projects
Winter 2015 project updates
12-inch natural gas main relocation project
- Columbia St - In winter 2014 PSE and its service partner, InfraSource, completed work to install intermediate pressure (IP) natural gas main along Columbia St between the Viaduct and Alaskan Way. The project will allow PSE to continue to serve customers at Colman Dock during Seawall construction.
- Under-pier work - In winter 2014 PSE and InfraSource completed installation of temporary IP natural gas main under Pier 52. When Seawall construction is complete, the natural gas main which serves waterfront customers will return to its original location, along Alaskan Way.
- PSE’s natural gas contractor, Michels Corporation, completed installation of the new pipeline (see project route) in late September 2013.
- PSE’s natural gas contractor, InfraSource, will be conducting remediation activities for distribution pipelines in downtown Seattle through 2015.
In conjunction with Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program and several other Seattle-area transportation projects, Puget Sound Energy is working to relocate, reconfigure and protect segments of natural gas pipeline in areas of downtown Seattle to ensure continued public safety and customer reliability.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, Waterfront Seattle and Seawall Project are collectively the largest set of associated projects to take place in the Puget Sound region in several decades. Additionally, there are six other Seattle-area transportation projects planned to take place over the next several years; many of these projects require relocation of utilities, including PSE’s natural gas system. These projects are driven by the City of Seattle, Sound Transit, Washington State Department of Transportation, the Port of Seattle and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
PSE is working closely and proactively with all the jurisdictions and agencies to ensure the continued safety and reliability of our existing natural gas system in the area.
For information on these projects, visit the websites:
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program
Seattle Department of Transportation
Waterfront Seattle and Seawall Project
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