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SW Gas work resumes

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Spring has arrived and the 1999 construction season began in earnest this week when Southwest Gas started excavation for the installation of gas mains on Bernese Lane, Zurich Place and Northwoods Boulevard in Tahoe Donner, company officials announced.

The company has received nearly 400 requests for service since it announced that construction would resume with the advent of good weather.

“There is still plenty of time for residents living in this year’s construction area to request a pre-conversion inspections and sign up for service,” said Ron Bassler, Southwest’s project manager.

According to Bassler, Southwest Gas is now taking service requests for anyone living on the following streets: Baden, Bermgarten, Bern, Bernese, Bolzano, Christie Copenhagen, Cristallina, Davos, Edelweiss, Heidi, Herringbone, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Ramshorn, Sun Valley, Swiss, Weisshorn, Zermatt and Zurich. In addition, crews also will be working on Northwoods Boulevard between 15113 and 17437; and Skislope Way between 10760 and 12848.

Truckee officials have authorized Southwest to reroute traffic around the construction areas. This will enable work crews to complete the work more quickly and safely. Door hangers will be hung at homes to notify residents as work advances to their streets.

To sign up for a free pre-conversion inspection or service, customers can call the Southwest Gas Energy Specialist Toll-free number, 1-800-654-2765 during normal working hours. “The important thing is that residents need to apply for service now so it can be installed while crews are working in the area before the town begins its repaving project,” Bassler said.

“Our staff has worked hard to make the sign-up process as easy as possible,” Bassler added. “Applications were mailed to homeowners in this year’s construction area earlier this month. Customers do not need to spend their time driving to one of our offices. They can simply call our toll-free number to schedule a free pre-conversion inspection and return the signed applications using the postage-paid envelope.”

Pre-conversion inspections are required to determine acceptable meter locations and to identify appliance conversion, plumbing and meter shed requirements. These pre-conversion inspections are at no additional costs to the homeowners. Southwest Gas will also help subsidize Town of Truckee Building permits by $50, and provide standardized parts needed for converting propane appliances.

Southwest Gas provides natural gas service to more than 1.25 million homes and businesses in California, Nevada and Arizona. Since 1995, nearly 5,000 homes and businesses in Truckee have signed up for service.


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