Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan says the town has reached an agreement with Yankee Gas to expand natural gas distribution in the Wilton Village and school areas. He says the end of July, early August was chosen for construction because it's traditionally the time of the lowest level of traffic and pedestrian activity. The pipeline is being installed in the Center Street-River Road area.
Brennan says the goal is to have construction completed in that area by August 22nd. Work near Wilton High School should be completed around the same time, since classes are slated to resume on August 25th. There will also be a construction crew working on Wolfpit Road West from Route 7 across the Norwalk River and the train tracks to River Road.
He advises motorists that the construction will cause temporary traffic congestion. Officials estimate that the whole installation should be completed in four months by the end of November.
Brennan says natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel, creating less emissions which will contribute to the Town's long range environmental objectives. The town has already locked in a natural gas price for three years.