WILTON, Conn. -- After years of planning in an effort to make natural gas more available in town, pipeline construction work is scheduled to begin this week in the Wilton village and school areas, First Selectman Bill Brennan announced.
The first work will begin in the Center Street/River Road area and from School Road and Cider Mill School along Kristine Lilly Way to Wilton High School, Brennan announced.
"We have timed the start of construction during the traditionally lowest level of village traffic and pedestrian activity," he said. "The July to August period takes many citizens and their families out of town for planned holiday vacations. Consequently, it will enable Yankee Gas installation crews to hopefully install pipe quickly during this activity lull."
The plan is to complete construction in the village center down to the condo area on River Road by Aug. 22, Brennan said.
The work is scheduled to be completed near the schools by Aug. 21, before school resumes Aug. 25, he said.
A third crew will also be scheduled to start construction on Wolfpit Road -- west from Route 7 across the Norwalk River and Metro-North train tracks to River Road.
Motorists should be cautious of temporary traffic congestion due to the construction work. The installation of pipeline should be completed by the end of November.
"With everyone’s patience and some alternate route planning, I am confident that we will all survive the four-month construction period for the gas line expansion project," Brennan said.
Police officers and flaggers will be posted at construction sites as needed.
"Having another energy alternative will enable the town to conservatively save $450,000 to $500,000 per year on fuel costs, as carefully calculated by the Town’s Energy Commission," he said. "The availability of natural gas will also offer potential savings to many community businesses, residences and other facilities adjacent to the pipeline route."
Residents are advised to check the town's website for updates on the scheduled construction plans and work locations.