POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson Gas and Electric is going to replace a number of natural gas cast iron and steel pipelines that were installed in the 1930s or earlier. Many of those lines are regularly replaced as part of the utility’s annual maintenance program, but the latest round is being accelerated as part of the company’s new rate plan approved by state regulators.
The pipes will be replaced with polyethylene lines, which are highly durable and less susceptible to environmental conditions, utility officials said.
Central Hudson will also be working with property owners in those areas to relocate indoor gas meters to the outside of their homes and businesses, to improve access and inspections by company personnel. This year, more than 13 miles of gas mains and services are to be replaced, twice as many as usually changed.
Gas mains to be replaced include those in cities of Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Beacon and Newburgh; the villages of Saugerties Wappingers Falls and Cornwall-on-Hudson; and towns of Ulster, Lloyd, and New Windsor.