August 26, 2014 8:32 am

Old gas pipeline underneath University Bridge being removed

SaskEnergy to begin removal of an old natural gas pipeline from underneath Saskatoon’s University Bridge.

File / Global News

SASKATOON – SaskEnergy crews are starting the process of removing an old natural gas pipeline underneath Saskatoon’s University Bridge.

The 10-inch steel line was installed in 1953 to supply the city’s east side. The line is within the arch structure beneath the westbound lane.

SaskEnergy says maintenance and inspections have helped keep the pipeline in good shape despite over six decades of service.

The line is no longer required because SaskEnergy’s distribution system now serves Saskatoon from numerous supply points including pipelines bored under the bottom of riverbeds.

In preparation for its removal, the line was emptied, disconnected and sealed from the gas distribution system.

Once scaffolding is set up on the west side of the bridge, crews will cut and lower small sections of line to the ground for transport.

The only traffic restrictions will affect Spadina Crescent and the Spadina exit ramp.

Removal is expected to be complete by the end of October.

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