Tahoe Donner pipeline project continues | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Donner pipeline project continues

Southwest Gas Corp. is moving ahead with gas main installation in Tahoe Donner, and has completed more than half of the 100,000 feet of gas mains to be installed there by the end of this construction season, project manager Ron Bassler said.

Bassler urged customers within the construction area who are interested in scheduling natural gas service this summer to contact the company soon. He said time is of the essence due to the Town of Truckee’s paving schedule and the Oct. 15 deadline for work imposed by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.

More than 500 requests for service have already been received, and customers have until Sept. 3 to add their names to the list.

Bassler said requests made after Labor Day will probably have to wait until next year. He said the summer work was planned in conjunction with the Town of Truckee’s paving schedule in Tahoe Donner, and that the construction work was divided into four zones, with gas main installation now in progress in the third zone.

“To date, Southwest appears to be on schedule for the work they said they would be completing, potentially sightly ahead of schedule,” Town Manager Steve Wright said.

He said the town is pleased with the work effort Southwest has made this year.

Streets with completed mains in the first and second zones include Bern, Bernese, Zurich, Zermatt, Baden, Bolzano, Innsbruck, Heidi Way, Weisshorn, Ramshorn, and portions of Northwoods, Davos and Skislope Way.

“We’re going to do as much of north Tahoe Donner as we can, and keep moving north as far as we can go,” Bassler said. “Then we’ll come back when the snowmelt allows next year and resume work.” He said gas line installation on Skislope Way will probably halt this year around the intersection with Davos.

Bassler said the construction, which resumed May 24 following a settlement reached between Southwest and the town, is presently on schedule and on budget.

The settlement, still pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission, will be discussed during a public hearing scheduled Aug. 2, along with the company’s proposed merger with ONEOK Inc.

The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District boardroom. CPUC representatives will be on hand to hear public comments on the proposed merger as well as the company’s settlement with the town.

Southwest’s construction plans for the next four years include continuing main and service installations in portions of Tahoe Donner and extending natural gas to Prosser Lakeview and a small portion of Downtown Truckee in 2000; completing north Tahoe Donner, including the Skislope area and extending to Prosser Heights and Prosser Acreage in 2001, and commencing in Donner Lake in 2002 with main and services through 2003.

Bassler said weather, snow levels and other utility improvements such as the town’s future repaving plans will play an important role in scheduling.

Southwest will notify homeowners and businesses each year through mailings and maintains a toll-free number to provide customer information and service applications.

The company will also continue to conduct free pre-conversion inspections, help subsidize permits by $50, provide standard conversion parts and convert appliances from propane free of charge.

To contact Southwest for service, call (800) 654-2765.

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