SourceGas will make a $3.7 million investment over the next year expanding its distribution infrastructure in Surface Creek Valley around Cedaredge.
Company representatives explained to the Delta County Independent that the big investment is not a speculation on future growth prospects.
The company has been considering expanded service into the area around Cedaredge for some time and believes that existing business potential is sufficient to justify the project.
The company hosted a day-long lookout event at the Cedaredge Community Center on May 9 to explain details of the project to potential customers. Over 300 people attended the session and some 90 of them signed up for individual estimates on the cost of installing service to their residences.
The event focused on cost savings that SourceGas says customers will realize using natural gas to heat their homes instead of using propane.
The project will see almost 42 miles of gas distribution line installed. Most of it will be two-inch diameter, along with some four-inch line.
The plan calls for work to begin soon, perhaps this month.
The first area around town to see the work will be on Cedar Mesa. That work will then progress into the Upper Surface Creek area. The company is planning to install off of its required gas line east of Highway 65 by the end of this construction season.
Installation work on the west side of Highway 65 will be completed by June 2014, according to current construction plans.
The company describes the areas to receive new service in addition to Cedar Mesa, as Bull Mesa as far south as the Meadow View neighborhood; Surface Creek East (east of Highway 65 from East Main Street north to Ute Trail Road); and Surface Creek West (West Main Street to Happy Hollow Road, and north including certain areas as far as Uintah Road).
The work will extend new natural gas service to 700 buildings in the area, said a company representative. In addition, there will be 200 vacant lots that will have the new service available. A few of the properties are in the town limits, the official said, and the large majority are in the rural area surrounding the town.
The company gave out information providing answers for a number of common questions including the following ones:
• Construction on most individual roads should take one to two weeks. Work in front of individual residences will last one to two days.
• Construction is to take place within existing town or county right-of-way. For specific individual situations, people are advised to contact SourceGas directly in Delta or Montrose.
• Short road closures are possible. Traffic control will be provided.
Costs for installing natural gas service to individual homes is responsibility of the property owner. Some incentives are being offered. According to a sample cost calculation provided by the company, a typical price is comparable to that of a municipal sewer tap.blog comments powered by Disqus