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Streets close for natural gas line

natural gas line The signs are up on Hollywood Hill, but the timeline isn't set in concrete for construction of the Washington Natural Gas line scheduled to begin within the next few weeks.
   The entire project, 12,500 feet of 12-inch steel gas mains running from 155th Avenue NE to 124th Avenue NE, will take several weeks, but road closures and detours will be only during working hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., as the crews plan to dig, lower pipe sections, weld, fill, and top the work with a temporary road patch.
   Two crews will be working simultaneously once the contract is awarded--scheduled for Nov. 5--and the city and county finalize plans. One crew will work on Hollywood Hill, the other between Chateau Ste. Michelle and 124th Avenue NE. Local and emergency access are being considered.
   Good weather and a lack of underground surprises, such as boulders, will speed the work along, and the gas company is hoping to lay 200 to 300 feet of pipe per day, officials said.
   The project will be constructed mainly within existing right-of-way, coming down NE 145th Place, along SR-202, and up NE 143rd Place. Washington Natural Gas is planning a local mailing to residents and a construction hotline, both taking place sometime within the next few weeks.