Southern California Gas Co. began work Tuesday on a roughly $17 million pipeline modernization project along West 190th Street near the 110 Freeway in Harbor Gateway.

The half-mile stretch of pipeline is set to be replaced between Vermont Avenue and Figueroa Street, along the Los Angeles-Carson border.

The work is scheduled to be completed in May as part of the SoCalGas’ Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan, a program that identifies various high-pressure pipeline sections throughout the utility’s system and schedules them to be pressure-tested and/or replaced.

“Upgrading our pipeline system helps ensure we can continue to reliably provide natural gas to homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and power plants in Los Angeles,” said Rick Phillips, senior director of the Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan.

Due to the pipeline work, eastbound and westbound traffic on West 190th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays through the completion of the project.

Eastbound and westbound traffic on West 190th Street between South Vermont Avenue and South Figueroa Street will not be able to make left turns for approximately a half-mile due to construction work in the middle lane, but westbound traffic will still be able to turn left or right onto Vermont, and eastbound traffic will still be able to turn left or right on Figueroa.

The 110 Freeway southbound off-ramp at 190th Street will be closed Friday and Saturday, and 190th Street between Vermont and Figueroa will be closed to traffic from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday.


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