Gas line replacement is more boring than expected

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
A project to replace an aging gas line on West Ojai Avenue is expected to take several more weeks to complete.
Southern California Gas Company is replacing the high-pressure line beneath a stretch of roadway to avoid problems in the future.
The work is being completed in two sections — the first runs from Cañada Street to just south of Bristol Road; the second from just south of Bristol Road to the Y intersection.
Crews are placing the new line beneath the center median to avoid water and electrical lines already in place.
Unforeseen problems have slowed the project somewhat, according to Raj Singh, an engineer with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), which controls the right-of-way on Ojai Avenue.
But, he said, the delays aren't due to the contractor having inadequate equipment or insufficient manpower.
“It's because they're running into a lot of big rocks underneath that they have to drill through,” Singh explained. “If the ground was suitable to bore through, we could have been done with this within two weeks.”

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