National Grid Performing Natural Gas Main Project

The following is a press release from National Grid

Reading, MA — National Grid is replacing the natural gas main at 166 to 196 Washington ST., Reading, MA. As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Approximately 18 premises are within the construction limits.

  • Social Distancing remains in effect. Mains and services can be worked.        

Construction is expected to begin on August 31, 2022, and is anticipated to last to October 28, 2022, weather permitting. National Grid states that its crews will work hard to complete this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process. A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at

Below is a notification that was distributed to all affected constituents: 

Dear Resident/Business Owner,

Energy plays a critical role in our day-to-day lives and ensures the well-being of our community. That’s why we are investing in infrastructure upgrades that will help us to provide safe and reliable natural gas to our customers for years to come.

We will be working in your neighborhood.

National Grid and RJ Devereaux Corp will be performing infrastructure upgrades in the area of 166 to 196 Washington ST., Reading, MA.

Date: On or about August 31, 2022

Completion time: Approximately October 28, 2022

Construction days and hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday.

What you can expect during construction.

Typical natural gas main replacement and service construction includes:

  • Marking out underground utilities within the project scope area (e.g., water, sewer, gas, electric, etc)
  • Excavation of the street and laying of new gas main.
  • Relaying National Grid customer’s individual gas services and connecting that service to the new main
  • Meters will need to be relocated to the outside of the home or business.
  • Temporary or permanent restoration of disturbed areas in accordance with the town ordinance.
  • Visit to view a video about the gas main replacement process on YouTube.
  • Social Distancing remains in effect. Mains and services can be worked.

We’ll contact you when we are ready to connect your gas service to the new natural gas main.

A representative from National Grid or the contractor crew will reach out to the affected homes and businesses at least 24-48 hours in advance to schedule the work. Every National Grid employee and the contractor doing work for us are required to carry an ID. For the crew to connect your gas service to the new main, they will need access to your home and appliances. Typical service line work will take one business day, and during this time you will experience a temporary interruption of natural gas service. When the work is complete, a gas technician will be dispatched to turn on your gas meter relight your gas appliances. Visit to view an example of this process.

We’re here for you if you have any questions about the project. Please call us at 781-906-4006. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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