National Grid began work this month to replace 60 miles of gas main throughout the state, with construction beginning in several locations throughout Warwick.
Earlier this month National Grid began work to replace approximately 1,960 feet of gas main on West Shore Road from Long Street to Bowen Briggs Avenue. David Graves, spokesman for National Grid, said the 16 customers along this stretch would only face about an hour of service disruption when their service will be shut off to tie into the new main. Graves said the tie-in times would be coordinated between the customer and contractor.
National Grid is also set to begin work on Toll Gate Road this week to replace a gas main that runs from 186 Toll Gate Road to Kent Hospital. Work will take place Monday through Friday at night between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. in order to minimize disruption to the hospital.
Graves said the installation work would not disrupt service to customers. At times, the road may be limited to one lane of travel, but there will be police detail on duty at all times.
The installation is being done in stages, with the second phase involving work on service lines to residences and businesses, a process that will take place during the day.
Mayor Scott Avedisian said his office has been in constant contact with National Grid to ensure that the gas main replacements do not interfere with the normal, daily happenings in the city.
“In addition, we have worked with National Grid, Kent Hospital, and Toll Gate High School to make sure that operations at the hospital and at the school go forward without interruption,” said Avedisian. “The main replacement is vital to make sure that gas service continues to the hospital and the neighborhood. I thank Mike Ryan [president of Rhode Island distribution] and Marisa Albanese [community relation coordinator] of National Grid for their efforts.”
Both main installations are set to be complete by Oct. 26.
Graves said the main being replaced has been in use since the 1930s, and portions of Warwick have likely had gas service since the late 1800s.
The current mains are made of cast iron and are being replaced with plastic main, which is now the standard material for most gas mains.