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Fife-Tacoma natural gas line

 

2017 project updates

  • Construction
    • Horizontal Directional Drilling for the pipeline is now complete. All construction is scheduled to be complete by early October.
  • What you can expect
    • Some lane closures may be needed to provide enough space for our construction equipment. When lane closures are in effect, signs and flaggers will direct traffic.
    • To minimize construction impacts along the roadways as much as possible, we're working at night from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and on weekends around the clock. No work will occur on Friday nights. Construction is scheduled from May through early October.

Project description

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Customer growth throughout the greater Tacoma and west Pierce County areas is straining the natural gas system. In order to maintain the current reliability of the natural gas system in the area and ensure we can continue to provide our customers with dependable service in the future, PSE plans to strengthen and upgrade the natural gas system in the area.

These system improvements will ensure that PSE can continue to reliably provide natural gas to current and future customers, especially on the coldest days of the year when gas is in highest demand. During such periods, the LNG facility will convert LNG back to natural gas, inject it with a strong odorant called mercaptan, which gives the gas its familiar rotten-egg smell, and deploy it into the gas distribution system.

PSE will install approximately four miles of 16-inch natural gas distribution pipeline in Fife, Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma in order to supply natural gas to and deliver it from the Tacoma LNG facility.


What you can expect


What: Construction of approximately 4 miles of 16-inch natural gas distribution
pipeline in Fife, Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma.
Where: Beginning at 20th St. E and 62nd Ave. E in Fife, route will follow the road,
in the public right-of-way, to 12th St. E to 54th Ave. E to Taylor Way
and onto the Port of Tacoma. For details, see project map.
Who: Crews from PSE and our contractor crews
When: Work will mainly be at night and on weekends

Construction

To minimize construction impacts along the roadways as much as possible, we’re working at night, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., and on weekends around-the-clock. No work will occur on Friday nights. We are also using installation techniques that will allow us to minimize disruption. Construction is scheduled from May through August.


Safety

At PSE, we know our customers, employees and the communities we serve expect to live and work around a safe and reliable natural gas system. Safety is our top priority when it comes to designing, constructing, operating and maintaining the natural gas system serving more than 800,000 PSE customers. When improving and operating our system, we follow or exceed strict federal and state safety requirements related to pipeline safety. Click here for more information on natural gas safety.


How does natural gas get to my home or business?

Natural gas is a fossil fuel composed almost entirely of methane. Interstate pipelines transport natural gas to regional natural gas systems, where it is metered and delivered through a network of local mains, service lines and, ultimately, to customer homes and businesses. View How Natural Gas Gets to You for more information.


Committed to keeping you informed

PSE will continue to provide updates to the community. We'll notify residents and business near the project area when construction will occur. We aim to complete this work with as little disruption as possible.