PG&E testing underground gas line in Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Thursday began a monthlong hydrostatic test of an underground natural gas transmission line in Bakersfield.

The line runs from northwest to northeast Bakersfield, and the testing is impacting traffic in those areas.'

PG&E is also planning an open house to answer questions the public may have concerning the tests, though a date has not been set.

A third-party contractor will conduct the testing, which consists of shooting water at high pressures through the pipes to test for durability.

Any pipe that fails a test will be replaced with a new one.

The company announced the following list of intersections where testing will be conducted in a news release:

(July 25 to Aug. 12)

- Clay Patrick Farr Way between Meachem Road and Winlock Street

- San Dimas Street, near Highway 178

- Coffee Road and Downing Avenue

(July 25 to Aug. 26)

- Fruitvale and Downing avenues

- Gibson Street and Gilmore Avenue

- Gilmore Avenue and Standard Street

Other intersections

- Gilmore Avenue and Buck Owens Boulevard

- Gilmore Avenue and Arrow Street

- Elm Street and Jacaranda Drive

- Elm Street and Golden State Road

- L Street and 29th Street