Construction Update

Gas Infrastructure Upgrades - Upper and Lower Residence Roads


The University is about to commence an infrastructure project to replace the natural gas pipe lines that serve Residence Halls 1-8, 10-21, and HAWC. This work is part of a plan coordinated with LA County to perform a periodically required upgrade of our gas systems in this area. This gas system supplies the water heaters and clothes dryers within our Residence Halls.

In close collaboration with Housing and Residence life, we are planning for contractors to begin the project in February, mobilizing within the New Residence Hall construction site. Survey work will take place throughout the project area, as highlighted below in blue. Work will begin adjacent to Residence Halls 19-21, continue down lower residence road to HAWC, and then up upper residence road to Residence Hall 8.



We anticipate contractors will begin in mid-February to saw cut a 36" wide trench along the inside edge of the road, adjacent to the residence halls. Once saw cutting is complete, workers will begin to trench and lay new gas line in sections of several hundred feet in length as they follow the path noted above. Concurrently, workers will trench and lay pipe from the street to the edge of each building, where the new gas line will be connected to each building during the coming summer.

All switch-overs from the old gas line to the new gas line, which will require gas to be turned off to each residence hall for up to several hours, will take place during the summer, when Residence Hall occupancy is lowest.

In an effort to minimize impacts to our students, work will not commence until 8am each day. All Residence Halls will remain accessible throughout the project. Open trenching will be delineated and protected with orange "snow fencing" as a safety measure throughout the project. Rockwell Towers and the Lovernich Apartments are not affected by this work.

We will be providing periodic updates on our progress, as well as additional information regarding specific impacts, throughout the course of the project. We appreciate your interest and patience, welcome any of your questions, and look forward to ongoing collaboration with the community as the increased level of construction activity continues through 2018.

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