Bradley Lane Gas Main Replacement

Over the last week, Washington contractor, Northern Pipeline (NPL) has been working to upgrade the gas main along Bradley Lane.

Yesterday afternoon NPL hit a mis-marked water service line on the street. Upon further investigation it has been determined that the water main running along Bradley Lane is directly in line with the proposed trench for the new gas main. Accordingly, Washington Gas and the Village met this morning to discuss options and develop a new alignment.

The current plan now is to place the new gas main down the middle of the street between Georgia Street and to a point around 3801 Bradley Lane to avoid the water main. After 3801 Bradley Lane the gas main will angle back to the Section 3 side of the road to meet up with the original alignment (where the water main crosses to the Village side of the road).

What does this mean for traffic? Now that the trench will be in the middle of the roadway, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. the roadway will be closed to local traffic only. After 3 p.m. the roadway will be reopened, however, traffic control flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone as the crews clean-up for the day.

Although this will be an inconvenience it will ultimately speed up project by allowing the crews to install more pipe in a day.

In addition, no work is scheduled on Thursday for Thanksgiving or on Friday (happy shopping).

As always, please do not hesitate to contact the Village office if you have any questions regarding the project, at (301) 654-7300 or via e-mail at for more information.
Dear Resident:

Beginning on or around Monday, November 7, 2016, Washington Gas contractor, Northern Pipeline Construction Company (NPL), will begin to replace and upgrade the gas main line and certain home service feeds along Bradley Lane (between Connecticut Avenue and Georgia Street). Work is anticipated to be completed by December 30, 2016, weather permitting.

During the installation process, there will be times where the roadway is blocked to traffic. NPL crews will make every effort to maintain an open lane for traffic to pass.

The existing gas main was installed in 1939 and is at the end of its service life. The resulting work is intended to cause a notable reduction in the number of gas main breaks experienced in the Village and increase service reliability.

The first step in the process will be to install a new gas main. This process will include the excavation of a trench within the roadway. Once the new gas main is installed and pressurized, a representative from the gas company’s contractor, NPL, will be in contact with each household to schedule a time to replace or connect the home service feed to the new main.

During the home service feed connection process, your gas service will need to be turned off for several hours while NPL replaces the gas line to your home. It will be necessary for you to be home to perform this work, particularly if your meter is set inside. If NPL requires access to your home, the on-site construction supervisor will make this determination and contact you in advance to coordinate the work. If your gas meter is outside, NPL will still need access to your home in order to turn your gas back on and relight your appliance(s) following the connection work. Washington Gas and NPL do not charge for this work. If you are not at home when NPL completes its work, a door-hanger will be left with information and a telephone number for you to call to have the gas turned on and your appliances relit.

During the entire gas main replacement process, NPL will work Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Crews will work on Saturdays for house service feed connections only. Due to the volume of traffic that typically use Bradley Land during the week, road and lane closures will be restricted to between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. In addition no parking signs will be posted along Bradley Lane due to the narrowness of the roadway and to accommodate local traffic, the parking restrictions will only apply during work hours.

Before a planned service interruption, advance notice will be provided by NPL to the affected houses detailing the anticipated duration. NPL inspectors are required to go door-to-door notifying residents two (2) days prior to a shutdown, leaving contact information at the front door. Any service interruptions and road/lane closures will be coordinated so not to disrupt resident festivities around the holiday season.

Washington Gas has assured the Village that gas shut-offs will not exceed eight (8) hours under non-emergency circumstances and no one will be left without gas service overnight.

If you have any questions regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact the Village office at (301) 654-7300 or via e-mail at for more information.

The Village thanks you in advance for your patience as Washington Gas undertakes this project to improve gas service reliability on your street.
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What to Expect During Construction:

  • Construction Method
    • Majority of project involves direct burying the new main pipe and utilizing trenchless technology for service laterals
      • Minimizes disruption 
    • Existing field conditions may alter design
  • Construction Process
    • Temporary shut off of during replacement or changeover of service lateral
    • Inside meters will be moved outside
      • Facilitate maintenance
      • Easy access for meter reading
  • Restoration
    • Private property and yards will be restored as close to their original state as possible
    • Road restoration will occur in sections as construction is completed in different areas
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