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Whitmore closed between Ceres, Hughson
PG&E replacing gas line down main artery
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PG&E may be making gas lines under Whitmore Avenue safer but are testing drivers patience for many weeks and months. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

Disruptions caused to local traffic by PG&E's replacement of a major gas line include the shutdown of Whitmore Avenue between Faith Home Road and Hughson.

The action means motorists will be using Hatch, Roeding and Service roads to make the connection between the two cities until next month.

Earlier this summer PG&E started work to replace a 12-inch-diameter high-pressure gas main between Ceres and Hughson. The $50 million project calls for starting for trenching down Whitmore Avenue in the area of Ceres High School to replace an important gas line that serves Ceres, Hughson and Turlock.

"It's an impressive undertaking," said Ceres City Engineer Toby Wells.

The work includes boring under the Ceres Main Canal which will take place over the next 12 days or less.

The city was pleased to learn from PG&E that the company will do more boring than open trench cutting in the city of Ceres.

Wells said the disruptions could last a couple of months.
PG&E is replacing gas lines in wake of the 2010 San Bruno explosion.