Work on the Eversource natural gas pipeline along Wolfpit Road continues this week, July 20-24.
The crew was scheduled today, July 21, to move to the intersection of Wolfpit Road and Greenbriar Lane and work toward the intersection of Wolfpit Lane. About 300 feet of pipeline is expected to be installed.
Construction takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is expected to last through Aug. 15. Police or flagmen will be stationed along the route to assist with traffic control.
When it is completed, Eversource crews will have installed 3,100 feet of underground pipeline to bring natural gas to the Miller-Driscoll School.
A conservative five-year net cost estimate for the project — taking into account the price of expanding natural gas lines, the removal of costs associated with oil boilers at Miller-Driscoll, and year-over-year energy savings associated with natural gas — shows the town will spend $300,000 on the project, but expects to save $372,000 compared to remaining with oil.
Businesses and homes along the route will also have the opportunity to connect to the pipeline. They would also need to convert to gas boilers.
This is the second phase of natural gas expansion in Wilton. In 2014, existing gas pipelines in Wilton Center were expanded along Route 7 to reach Wilton High School, Middlebrook and Cider Mill as well as Comstock Community Center. Earlier this year, Wilton High switched over from oil to gas burners. Switching from oil to gas is part of the Comstock renovation project currently underway.
Information: 860-665-4644, GasExpansion@eversource.com or https://www.eversource.com/Content/ct-c/residential/switch-to-gas/gas-expansion/wilton-expansion-project