Bay Area/ San Francisco
Published on January 23, 2015
Divisadero Pipeline Replacement Complete, But Construction Still Wrapping UpAndrew Dudley / Hoodline
PG&E has finished the pipeline replacement project that tore up Divisadero Street and kept it under construction for the past several months. The utility company sent out a letter to local customers dated January 10th announcing the project’s completion.

This is sure to be welcome news to the many residents and merchants of the Divisadero corridor for whom the construction was a source of much frustration. It may have contributed to at least one business closure, as 97 Cent Plus Store owner Deborah Keese told Hoodline last month that the construction was “the nail in the coffin” that led to her closing up shop.

Jason King, a spokesperson for PG&E, confirmed to Hoodline that all of the sections of the main natural gas distribution pipeline that runs down Divisadero from Geary to the Castro Muni station, as well as the individual service lines to people’s homes and businesses, have been successfully replaced. The entire project took just over a year.

“We want to thank residents for their patience,” King said, adding that it was an “important safety and reliability project.” The pipeline was due for replacement anyway, and the new materials PG&E used are more durable and more earthquake-resistant, according to King.

But just because the pipeline has been replaced, don’t expect all of the construction to go away just yet. The roads still need to be resurfaced.

“We currently have a timetable to completely restore the road surface by the end of February,” King said. “We will restore the road to its previous condition.”

If you have any questions or concerns about the new pipeline, you can contact PG&E at [email protected] or by calling its Gas System Help Line at 1-888-743-7431.