CANCELED: Saturday, Sept. 22: Early morning gas line testing has been rescheduled for spring 2019
Gas line testing originally scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 22 has been canceled but will be rescheduled in spring 2019. We will update you as soon as we have more information.
- Gas line testing from 2-7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the UF Duke Energy Cogeneration Plant will require GRU to temporarily close part of Archer Road, from Southwest 16th Street through Southwest 16th Avenue. Detours for motor traffic and pedestrians will be clearly marked for public safety. Preparation on Friday may result in lingering natural gas smells, and close monitoring will ensure no safety hazards. The process will also be noisy.
- See below for details from GRU. Thank you.
Gainesville Regional Utilities, or GRU, will conduct a gas transmission line high-pressure test of its natural gas pipeline — which serves the UF Duke Energy Cogeneration Plant — that runs from Archer Road near the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center to the plant.
The test will be conducted from 2-7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 testing, involving a full shutdown of Archer Road from Southwest 16th Street through Southwest 16th Avenue. In addition to this closure, a segment of Mowry Road will be closed between Gale Lemerand Drive and Center Drive. Detours for all vehicular, bicyclists and pedestrian traffic will be clearly marked.
GRU operates its natural gas system under the regulations established by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA, and the Florida Public Service Commission. The rules for transmission pipelines requires GRU to have an Integrity Management Program, or IMP, in place in order to perform ongoing assessment of the pipeline’s integrity, confirming the safety and reliability of the system.
Preparations for testing will begin Friday, Sept. 21. During the Sept. 21 prep and through Sunday, Sept. 23 at the conclusion of the test, there may be lingering natural gas smells. However, there is no cause for alarm and GRU will be monitoring the situation closely. It is important to note that during both the pre-testing and testing, there will also be significant noise in the surrounding area from semi-trucks, nitrogen tankers and gas generators.
During the test itself, there will be a number of road and lane closures along the pipeline route. Closures will take place primarily along Archer Road. Public safety is paramount — pedestrian, bicyclist, motorist, bus and emergency vehicle transportation have been taken into consideration. For those who rely on RTS bus services, an alternative detour route around the safety perimeter may be implemented.
Coordination between Florida Department of Transportation, University Police Department, Gainesville Fire Rescue and Gainesville Police Department has taken place to ensure a safe traffic plan has been established.
Access to the UF Health Shands West Parking Garage (Parking Garage 3), the UF Health Medical Plaza East Parking Lot and the north drive behind the UF Health Medical Oncology — Davis Cancer Pavilion will also be restricted during the test. Portions of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and Fisher House parking lots will have restricted access.
Please contact GRU Engineering worksite traffic safety supervisor, Philip Lancaster, at 352-334-6078 if you have any additional questions surrounding the gas line testing.
Thank you for your patience as this safety performance test is conducted.