Natural Gas and Electric Work on Main Street

Natural Gas and Electric Work in Your Neighborhood


In 2017, PECO will be investing $2.5 million to enhance the local natural gas and electric distribution system in Norristown, Pa. 

This began in March and will continue through November 2017, and it is part of a multi-year plan to modernize PECO's natural gas and electric distribution system. The project includes replacing existing natural gas main and bare steel natural gas service lines with new plastic pipe, which enhances safety, is more durable and improves service reliability. We also will be reloacting any indoor natural gas meters to the exterior of customer properities.

Additionally, will be installing new electric equipment, including more than 5,000 feet of underground cable. This will enhance service reliability for more than 1,200 customers in the Norristown area.

Work is occurring on the following streets:

Street Between Streets Status                                 
DeKalb Pike  Schuylkill Avenue and East Lafayette Street Gas construction
​DeKalb Pike ​East Main Street and East Lafayette Street ​Electric construction
​East Lafayette Street Ford Street to west of Walnut Street ​Gas construction
Main Street Green Street and Swede Street ​Electric construction
Strawberry Street Main Street and West Lafayette Street ​Electric construction

Work will occur between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, conditions permitting. Restoration and paving will be coordinated with the Township and will begin within 45 days of the completion of the natural gas construction work.

What are the benefits of this work?

These upgrades are part of our plan to replace existing natural gas main and service lines with new pipes, which enhance safety, are more durable and improve service reliability. The electic upgrades will enhance service reliability for customers in Norristown.

What will this work look like?

During this time, work will take place on area roadways, sidewalks, and potentially on customer properties. Crews may need to temporarily interrupt electric or natural gas service to safely complete some of this work. Customers will be contacted in advance if any work is required on their property. We will work with local residents to ensure they are informed in advance of our activities and any planned outages.

Work will begin on the natural gas mains and electric equipment in your neighborhood. This will require excavating the road to access the natural gas equipment, which may require temporary lane closures and metal plates to cover excavation areas outside of working hours. We are working with local officials to minimize the impact on traffic as much as possible.

A new service line will be installed from the natural gas main in the street to the natural gas meter on your home. 

Any indoor natural gas meters will be relocated to the exterior of customer homes. If our meter is located inside your home, you will need to provide access so this work can be completed.

Crews will then complete final work to install the new natural gas equipment. You will be contacted to set a time to access your property. Your natural gas service will be turned off, our new equipment will be connected to your natural gas plumbing, and natural gas service will be turned back on. We will then re-light pilot lights on natural gas appliances. This appointment will take several hours to complete, so plan for natural gas appliances such as hot water heaters, furnaces, clothes dryers, ovens and stoves to be off during the work.

Final restoration work will then be completed. Once all natural gas equipment is upgraded, PECO's paving contractor will repave impacted road surfaces and temporary patches to sidewalks will be replaced with new concrete. This work will begin within 45 days of the completion of the natural gas construction work.

If you smell natural gas, leave the premises immediately and call PECO from a safe location, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Remember, if you smell gas, leave the area first, then call 1-800-841-4141.

If you have any questions about the natural gas work, please contact us at 610-832-6420 or For questions about the electric work, call 610-941-1504.


Municipality of Norristown
235 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Phone: 610-272-8080
Fax: 610-275-0687

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