For the second time in less ten months, a section of sixth Ave. E. is torn up, but the city is not responsible.
There's a SaskEnergy crew working across from Burger King this week. The Crown company's spokesperson Dave Burdeniuk told paNOW when they installed the gas line for the restaurant last winter, they discovered the old gas main would need to be replaced, and the work was scheduled for this month.
"We can't touch a gas main in the winter time for any type of maintenace work because it's a very complicated job and we need that naural gas load in the winter time," he said. "We don't like to take a gas main out of service because home and businesses need that service in the winter time."
The gas main dates back to the 1950s and has an old casing around it which was used to protect it from the overhead rail line which existed at the time. Burdeniuk said when they finished installing the gas line, they made the decision to pave it over rather than packing it with gravel.
"This is the time of year when we do our major maintenance, when we do replacement of sections of pipeline because while it is getting a bit cooler, it's not furnace weather," he said.
Burdeniuk said he expected the work on Sixth Ave E. to be done by the end of the week. All the costs associated with the project are paid for by SaskEnergy, and have been alotted for in their annual maintenance budget.
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