Gas Pipeline Work Is Ahead Of Schedule, Wilton First Selectman Reports

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Construction of the Yankee Gas natural gas line is ahead of schedule, said Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan. It's expected to finish ahead of its original completion date of the end of November. A backhoe is pictured moving a piece of line.
Construction of the Yankee Gas natural gas line is ahead of schedule, said Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan. It's expected to finish ahead of its original completion date of the end of November. A backhoe is pictured moving a piece of line. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

WILTON, Conn. -- The installation of the 3.5-mile section of Yankee Gas' natural gas line in Wilton is ahead of schedule, First Selectman Bill Brennan said Tuesday.

He said the town wanted as much of the installation in the Wilton Center business area and the school areas, including on Kristine Lilly Way, to be completed before school started Monday.

"I am very pleased to report that all of these goals have been accomplished, including the lateral connections to Middlebrook and Cider Mill Schools," he said in a statement issued Tuesday. "Very favorable weather conditions and very competent gas line installation crews were primarily responsible for the good results to date."

One crew has started work at the Merwin Meadows end of the Norwalk River Valley Trail and will install gas lines north to connect with the recently installed School Road line, he said.

A second crew will continue to install pipe on River Road in the condominium area working South toward Horseshoe Road. This road will be reduced to one lane traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

"Therefore, please consider alternate routes, if possible, to avoid inconvenience and delays and obey Police officers or flagmen overseeing traffic control," he urged residents and people who are working in the area.

A third crew will continue installing pipe on Wolfpit Road, he said.

The entire project, which began in late July, is expected to be done sometime in November. The original completion date was the end of November, and the work may be completed a bit sooner, he said. 

The gas pipeline is expected to offer the town an energy alternative that will save $450,000 to $500,000 per year on fuel costs, Brennan said. 

The natural gas will also offer potential savings to many community businesses, residences and other facilities along the pipeline route, he said. 

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I walk on School Rd every afternoon. I have found this crew from GPL to be very hardworking and courteous. Everyday I see how motivated they are to do a good job for our town. The immediate attention to the landscaping is an added bonus. On Kristine Lilly Way you can not even tell where they have dug. I wish all companies took this much pride in their work. Thank you!