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It’s Utility Project Summer for Darien as Gas, Water Projects Dig up Streets

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Eversource is replacing gas service lines beneath 5,000 feet of Darien streets this summer as Aquarion replaces about as many feet of water main lines under other town roads, according to separate announcements Wednesday. 

Two of the projects start around June 20, according to the announcements. A third project, replacing a water line, starts soon after July 4. Natural Gas

For the gas lines, in a project which is completely separate from the planned extension of natural gas lines in town, West Avenue will see construction crews from the Stamford Border to Moore Street, on Moore Street itself as well as on Holmes Avenue, Robinson, Brown, Catherine, Hazel, and Kelsey Streets. Other streets where pipes will be replaced: Holmes Avenue, Robinson, Brown, Catherine, Hazel, Kelsey and Moore streets. Work is expected to end by September.

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Eversource, Town Officials Describe Natural Gas Expansion Project for Darien

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Starting this summer, Eversource wants to start digging to install natural gas pipes along West Avenue and up to Darien High School and Royle School, according to a company official. Chris Luca, a project manager for Eversource, told the Board of Selectmen on Monday that the utility and the town are close to an agreement on a $4.2 million project to lay 18,700 feet of pipes in town — about 3 1/2 miles. Town officials and the utility plan to get streets near schools dug up and repaved before students return in the fall. The company is aiming to have gas service ready for spring of 2017, when developers of major commercial redevelopment projects in the Noroton Heights business district and Corbin Drive/Post Road hope to get construction started. Middlesex Middle School and the Noroton Heights Fire Department would also get gas service, which has been less expensive in recent years than oil heat.

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Eversource Announces Natural Gas Expansion Elsewhere, Still Negotiating with Darien

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Eversource, the natural gas and electricity utility for Darien and many other Connecticut communities, has announced that natural gas service will be expanded in Oxford and Stonington this spring, while negotiations continue for more service in Darien. “Terms are […] being finalized on a large-scale plan in Darien to bring natural gas to the town’s municipal buildings, schools, several homes and three community revitalization projects,” the company said in an announcement Monday. First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said in late January that the town is discussing with Eversource the building of a gas line along West Avenue from the Post Road to the Stamford border that would provide service to homes and businesses along that route, including the Noroton Heights commercial district. The town is also discussing additional branch gas lines that would bring service to Middlesex Middle School and the Noroton Heights Fire Station, neither of which is far from West Avenue. Stevenson said in January that town officials were also hoping to get gas service to Darien High School and Royle School, off of Mansfield Avenue.


Stevenson: ‘Final Details’ Stage for Agreement to Expand Natural Gas Service in Darien

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First Selectman Jayme Stevenson says town officials are “finishing the details” for an agreement with Eversource to expand natural gas service in town, including along all of West Avenue, and town officials want the service to extend to the high school and Royle School. Noroton Heights Fire Station on Noroton Avenue would also get natural gas as a result of the project, and town officials want to extend a line up Hollow Tree Ridge Road to Middlesex Middle School for service there, Stevenson said. Typically, natural gas is expected to be available to homes and businesses directly along the route to new locations like these — in this case from West Avenue. “We’re moving forward with putting the final details on the [natural] gas expansion project development agreement,” Stevenson said. “I’ve been talking with [Darien Public Schools Superintendent] Dr. [Dan] Brenner about it.”