Sunday, March 31 from 2:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. | Part of Archer Road will close for gas line testing

Published: March 25th, 2019

Category: Announcements


Sunday, March 31 from 2:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Part of Archer Road will close for gas line testing

Area impacted from Shands main hospital to 16th Avenue/Garage 9 and Triangle parking areas

 UF Cogen Plant

SUMMARY:

In the early hours 2:30-7 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, a portion of Archer Road temporarily will be closed from the Southwest 16th Street intersection (by our main hospitals) west to Southwest 16th Avenue (just past our large Blue garage and triangle parking areas) for gas line testing.

Preparation will begin at 12:01am on Saturday, March 30. The work may cause lingering natural gas smells. Close monitoring will ensure no safety hazards. The process will also be noisy.

Detours for vehicle traffic and pedestrians will be clearly marked for public safety.

FACULTY/STAFF PARKING:

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 period. Portions of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and Fisher House parking lots will have restricted access.

In addition to the restricted parking access above, we recommend that faculty and staff who work the Saturday night and/or Sunday day shift who typically park in Staff Garage 9 or the Triangle Lot please find another garage to park in during this testing. The pedestrian sidewalk that connects Staff Garage 9 and the Triangle Lot to UF Health Shands hospitals also will be closed. No shuttles will be available for these two parking garages.

We suggest parking in the following garages during this testing:

  • East Visitor Parking Garage 10
  • Shands South Employee Garage – FOB access required, all FOBs will work to obtain access
  • Heart & Neuro Hospital Garage – Fifth floor and above only
  • West Visitor Parking Garage 2

DETAILS PROVIDED BY GRU:

GRU to Coordinate with Duke Energy for Gas Line Pressure Test Procedure

What:

Gainesville Regional Utilities’ Gas Department will be conducting a routine pressure test of the natural gas pipeline that will take a total of three days and result in road closures, loud noises, and the smell of gas.

When:

  • Work begins Saturday, March 30 at 12:01 a.m.
  • The road closure will start on Sunday, March 31 at 2:30 a.m. and end 7:00 a.m.
  • The loud sound of nitrogen blow-off will take place at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Sunday and last 45 minutes to an hour.

Where:

  • The primary road closure will take place on Archer Road from SW 15th St  through SW 15th Ave.
  • A segment of Mowry Road will also be closed between Gale Lemerand Drive and Center Drive while the test is underway. The test will be conducted between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. The closures will detour all vehicular, bicyclist and pedestrian traffic.
  • Access to the UF Health Shands west parking garage (Parking Garage Ill) and the Medical Plaza east parking lot and the north drive behind the Davis Cancer Pavilion will also be restricted during the test.

Who:

GRU Gas Department will be conducting the test with Duke Energy. UF Police Department and Gainesville Police Department will be providing traffic control.

Background:

This test is being conducted as part of a routine maintenance requirement by the Public Service Commission. It is conducted once every six years to ensure integrity of gas infrastructure and neither poses nor indicates any threat to public safety. The sound of nitrogen blow-off will be extremely loud, approximately 120 decibels, and similar to that of a jet engine. This sound will begin around 5 a.m. and continue for roughly 45 minutes. The smell of natural gas, which is similar to rotten eggs, will be present in the area. This is intentional and the gas release process will be strictly controlled.