Southern California Gas Co. has announced that pipeline integrity work is being performed on weekdays along Jefferson Boulevard between Centinela Avenue and Inglewood Boulevard in Del Rey, causing some potential traffic impacts.

The work, which began March 5, is expected to be completed in early June. The project is compliant with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline Integrity Program and the Office of Pipeline Safety to ensure continued safe and reliable natural gas service, company officials said.

Work is being performed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

SoCalGas officials note that natural gas service to homes and businesses will not be interrupted, but area traffic may be impacted with some lane closures on Jefferson Boulevard. Currently, the two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane along Jefferson are closed to traffic. Additionally, the two northbound left turn lanes are closed to traffic on Centinela.

Every effort will be made to reduce any inconvenience to area residents and businesses, the utility company said.

The pipeline inspection work is part of SoCalGas’ pipeline integrity program launched in 2003. Under the program, more than 1,200 miles of the utility’s major natural gas lines running through populated areas will be inspected.

Federal law requires these pipelines to be reinspected every seven years.

“Safety of our employees, customers and the communities we service is our top priority,” said Krista Phipps, SoCalGas spokeswoman. “We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of city and county officials and first responders as we carry out this important pipeline safety work.”

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