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South Jersey Gas to conduct natural-gas lines project in Wildwood Crest

SJ Gas Project Oct 2018 photo

WILDWOOD CREST — South Jersey Gas recently informed the borough of plans to conduct a natural-gas lines renewal project that will affect some streets beginning Monday, Oct. 29.

The work is scheduled to be complete by December.

South Jersey Gas will install excess flow valves on the natural-gas lines. These excess flow valves are mechanical safety devices designed to automatically shut off the flow of natural gas in the event of a service line break or excavation damage, according to a fact sheet about the project sent to the borough.

Work is scheduled to take place along the following streets: Pacific Avenue, Seaview Avenue, New Jersey Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, East Nashville Avenue, East Atlanta Avenue, East Farragut Road, Ocean Avenue, East Stanton Road, East Stockton Road, East Orchid Road and East Heather Road.

Work will take place 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to the utility. Work may be performed on some Saturdays during the same times.

To ensure safety, lane will be closed, with traffic control personnel directing motorists and pedestrians around all work. South Jersey Gas has said, however, that residents and businesses will have access to and from their properties at all times.

South Jersey Gas will need access to properties because this work will require a temporary shutdown of natural gas service. Every effort will be made to restore service as quickly as possible. Typically all work is completed within eight hours but times may vary, according to South Jersey Gas. Individual gas meters may need to be replaced, depending upon their location, age and condition.

Excavations will be required at the gas mains located in the street, the utility said. South Jersey Gas may also need to dig on individual properties. In most cases, a temporary repair will be made until final restoration occurs. Openings in concrete may be temporarily patched with asphalt until final restoration with concrete occurs. Openings made in grass may not be restored until there is warmer weather to facilitate grass growth.

For more information about this project, residents can contact the Cape May County division of South Jersey Gas at 609-465-2900 and reference the SHARP II Wildwood Crest EFV project.

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