In routine checks of city permit files, we noticed several mentions of Puget Sound Energy planning a pipeline-replacement project in the Beach Drive SW right-of-way. We asked PSE – which provides natural-gas service in our area – for details, and got them today:
Puget Sound Energy will be replacing 5,049 feet of a gas main line on Beach Dr. SW. starting in May with work expected to last about 90 days.
This is part of a project to improve the infrastructure in the area and provide safe and reliable natural gas service.
During the project, about 100 customers will have their gas turned off due to a service replacement of their line or their service lines being reconnected to the new gas main.
When possible, the gas main installation will be directional drilled to limit some of traffic issues on that street.
PSE is working with the Seattle Department of Transportation and will use flaggers to keep traffic moving.
All customers impacted will be notified before their service is interrupted.
Though the response from PSE doesn’t include specific locations, the permit files mention addresses where the service pipes to the residence will be replaced as a result, and those range from the 5000 block to the 6700 block. Site maps also label this as a project to replace DuPont-made pipe; a PSE document (page 15 here) notes that’s the result of a Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission directive for utilities to replace certain types of pipe that could be at higher risk of failure.