WILTON, Conn. -- Construction is continuing on the expansion of Yankee Gas service into Wilton, First Selectman Bill Brennan said in an update to residents.
One work crew from GPL Construction will continue to install pipe on School Road. This crew is expected to install 200 feet of pipe a day, Brennan said.
A second crew from GPL Construction will continue on Old Ridgefield Road, working south as it installs pipe. This crew will install about 150 feet of pipe a day, he said.
A crew from Henkels & McCoy will continue with the installation of pipe at the intersection of Danbury Road (Route 7) and Wolfpit Road (Route 106). This crew will connect pipe to the existing gas main during the week and begin installing the pipe under the Norwalk River Bridge on Wolfpit Road toward the latter part of the week.
Residents can expect to see two or more construction crews working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and this Saturday.
Yankee Gas has committed to maintaining access to residences and businesses, as well as ensure priority passage of emergency vehicle traffic through construction areas as the work continues, Brennan said.
Construction activities will take place at multiple sites along the route until the project is completed. The expected date of completion for all the work is late November.
"We have timed the start of construction during the traditionally lowest level of village traffic and pedestrian activity," First Selectman Bill Brennan 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.
Brennan said it’s estimated the town will save about $400,000 to $450,000 per year in fuel costs by switching from oil to natural gas as a result of the expansion.