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Larchmont Acres Complex Gets New Gas Main, No Service Loss

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Mamaroneck residents living in the Larchmont Acres apartment complex on Richbell Road received their gas from a cable running from one side of the street to the other until Thursday, when Con Edison finished installing a new gas main.

While Con Edison replaced the existing gas main on Richbell Road, they set up a stopper, which fed gas into a cable - or a jumper - to bypass the construction area in between Palmer Avenue and Boston Post Road. By setting up this temporaray gas main, they avoided any interruption in service during the entirety of the project, which began in late June.

"Once the existing main is shut down, we tap into it to remove all the gas and run a bypass," said Joseph McCord, the supervisor and lead mechanic for Con Edison. "Once the main is empty, we cut the main, that way nobody loses service."

Thursday, McCord and the rest of the 14-man crew finished installing the new gas main, which replaces the existing steal main with high-density plastic.

"We're trying to make Mamaroneck safer for the public," said one foreman, who added this project is a preventative measure to upgrade the system.

Con Edison will restore the work areas with new sidewalks and blacktop, which McCord said will take one week.

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