Pipeline-testing work may snarl Alma traffic

PG&E crews to work through weekend at Alma Street and Oregon Expressway

PG&E crews will continue pipeline-testing work at Alma Street and Oregon Expressway in Palo Alto this weekend as upcoming winter weather adds more urgency to complete the project soon, Palo Alto Utilities Communications Manager Debra Katz stated in a press release.

Palo Alto has agreed to allow crews to work "on a 24-hour basis" at Alma and Oregon through Monday morning (Oct. 31), according to Katz. Weekend commuters and area residents can expect traffic congestion and noise as the northbound right lane of Alma between Colorado Avenue and Oregon will be closed during the work.

"PG&E after hours work will not be constant but episodic during these several days as they complete the various pre-testing and testing tasks involved," Katz stated in the release.

Katz said residents of apartment complexes in the block just south of the intersection at Alma and Oregon would be most impacted by noise during the work. There is a push for PG&E to complete the job soon as cold weather nears, Katz said.

"Colder winter weather is fast approaching and with it comes significantly increased customer demand for gas for their heating systems. PG&E must complete testing in time to both return all transmission pipeline sections to service and raise the pressure on their entire system in order to meet this demand," she stated in the release.

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— Palo Alto Online staff

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