West Reading gears up for two-month UGI natural gas pipeline infrastructure overhaul

The Borough of West Reading issued an important alert Wednesday to residents and business owners regarding an upcoming natural gas infrastructure improvement project set to commence in October.

UGI Utilities will be working to replace a natural gas main pipeline and service lines along the busy Penn Avenue corridor (also known as 422 Business). The project has received approval from PennDOT, paving the way for essential upgrades to public utilities in the region.

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The project will primarily focus on the 200, 300, and 400 blocks of Penn Avenue, beginning in October 2023, with work expected to last two months.

As the project unfolds, residents and businesses in West Reading can expect to see construction crews, equipment, and temporary alterations to traffic patterns along Penn Avenue.

Traffic disruptions are expected. During the project, several changes in traffic flow may occur. To minimize disruptions, work is scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., avoiding peak traffic hours. While two lanes of traffic are expected to be maintained, turning lanes may be limited during construction.

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The project is slated to begin in the 400 block of Penn Avenue, a strategic decision aimed at reducing disruptions to local businesses, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

Residents should anticipate some noise and dust associated with construction activities. UGI Utilities has assured the community that they will make every effort to minimize inconvenience during the project.

“We appreciate your patience and understanding during this infrastructure improvement project. We will continue to share more information regarding this project as we receive it” stated the Borough in a news release.

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