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Final Phase of Yankee Gas’ Waterbury-to-Wallingford Pipeline Project Begins

MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Samide Ashley Duncan
Office: 860-665-5353 860-665-2781
After Hours: 800-789-2290 800-789-2290

BERLIN, Conn. - March 31, 2011 - 

Construction will resume on Yankee Gas’ $57.6 million Waterbury-to-Wallingford Pipeline Project this month. Starting on or about April 18, installation of the final 5.5 miles of pipeline will begin beneath Route 68 in the towns of Prospect and Naugatuck. Initially, four construction crews will operate (two in Prospect and two in Naugatuck) from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Nighttime or weekend work may be required in areas of heavy traffic. This phase of the construction work is expected to be complete by September 2011.

Last year, approximately 10 miles of the pipeline was installed in Wallingford, Cheshire, Naugatuck and Waterbury.

The construction sequence involves the excavation of a trench approximately three feet wide and six feet deep. A 16-inch diameter steel pipe is then installed in the trench. Backfilling and compaction of earth over the installed pipe follows. Roadway restoration completes the process. Landscaping or personal property that may be disrupted during the project will be restored.

For safety reasons, work zones will be cordoned off from pedestrians and vehicles. Traffic control measures will be employed to maintain two-way traffic to motorists whenever possible. However, lane restrictions and detours may be used when necessary. Emergency vehicle traffic and school buses will be given priority passage through construction areas.

The completed pipeline, ending at Yankee Gas’ liquefied natural gas facility in Waterbury, is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2011. The project will increase the integrity, reliability and flexibility of the natural gas system. Additionally, it will allow more customers to utilize natural gas for their homes or businesses, all while increasing the tax base in the municipalities affected by the project.

Residents with any questions or concerns can visit the Waterbury-to-Wallingford Pipeline Project website at www.ygpipeline.com or telephone the Waterbury-to-Wallingford Pipeline Project hot line at 877-995-7473.

Yankee Gas is Connecticut's largest natural gas distribution company, delivering clean, efficient, safe and reliable natural gas to more than 205,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.yankeegas.com.

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