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KUB installs new gas line along Pike

Trucks from the Knoxville Utility Board have been buzzing around Farragut as part of a plan to replace natural gas pipeline along a section of Kingston Pike.

Jennifer Fern, spokesperson for KUB, said the company is upgrading its natural gas pipeline.

“We are upgrading our natural gas system along Kingston Pike,” she said. “We will be replacing eight-inch steel pipe with eight-inch polyethylene pipe.”

Fern said the company would be replacing about 1,200 feet of pipe along Kingston Pike from Sugarwood Drive to Virtue Road.

“We’re seeing a lot of aging in the pipe and it needs to be replaced,” she said. “Polyethylene pipe requires less maintenance and is longer-lasting.”

The overall cost of this section of pipe will run $130,000, a small portion of the upgrade cost of the entire system that KUB has slated to take place over the next five years.

“We’re planning on spending about twenty-three million over the next five years in overall upgrades to our system,” Fern said. “This is part of our capital improvements plan.”

She said KUB serves approximately 88,000 customers in Knox County.

Farragut customers might see some traffic delays with the project, although Fern couldn’t pinpoint an exact time.

“There might be some temporary lane closures as part of this project,” she said. “I can’t really tell you when those will be because it depends on a lot of things.”

Bush Construction is handling the project, she said.


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