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Greensburg gas-line work to extend into 2012

Gas-line replacement work will continue next year in Greensburg.

Contractors for Peoples Natural Gas will return to Greensburg in 2012, continuing to replace 3 miles of cast-iron pipes beneath city streets as part of a 40-mile project in the company's 16-county service area.

"We're doing it because it's the right thing to do," Peoples spokesman Barry Kukovich said on Monday. "Safety is our main concern."

The contractors this week are digging on West Otterman Street as part of a project that will extend to the city line, said Barb Ciampini, Greensburg planner.

"The only other gas-line project that is under way this year is part of Center Avenue from Beacon to Park (streets)," she said.

Next year, work will be done on South Main Street from the Westmoreland County Courthouse to the Greensburg city line and into part of Southwest Greensburg, Ciampini said. City officials will ask the contractor to continue the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. schedule used during work done this year in downtown Greensburg, she said.

Other work planned for next year includes East Otterman Street to Arch Avenue, East Pittsburgh Street from St. Clair Way to Tremont Avenue, and parts of South Hamilton Avenue, Westminster Avenue, Grant Street and an alley near Kenneth Street, Ciampini said.

The work should be completed by June, except for projects on West and East Pittsburgh streets and Otterman, all of which should be done by September, Kukovich said.

The timetable could change.

"If we have a spate of good weather, we may try to take advantage of it," Kukovich said.

Similar work will be done next year in Jeannette, Irwin, New Kensington, Acme and Vandergrift, he said.

Temporary paving will be done in Greensburg until a final asphalt coat is added next year.

"We're trying to work with the city," Kukovich said. "I think we've been very cooperative, and I think we have a good relationship with them. We want to make this as convenient as possible for the store owners and the people who pass through the town."

"Peoples Natural Gas has been just great to work with," Ciampini said. "We're forging ahead."

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