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7 North Lakeland Roads To Be Closed Monday For Gas Pipeline Testing

In the early morning hours of Monday, February 21, Florida Gas Transmission Company (FGT) will test nearly 6 miles of its natural gas pipeline from Kathleen in Polk County to Plant City in Hillsborough County using pressurized water. 


FGT pipeline crosses under the following Polk County roadways:

  • County Road 35A (Kathleen Road)
  • Youngway Drive
  • Lewellyn Road
  • Rushing Road
  • Shady Oak Drive East
  • Mossy Oak Drive
  • Shady Oak Drive West


Flaggers supported by law enforcement will control two-way traffic where required and emergency vehicles will be provided access at all times. The test will take place midnight to 4:00 a.m. Monday morning. If the test does not pass, a second night of testing will be necessary.


This federally mandated testing is a standard industry best-practice using pressurized water to confirm the safety and reliability of the system. The natural gas will be removed from the pipeline, with service maintained on another system; and the integrity of the pipeline will be tested under pressure for a fixed period of time.


For more information about the test, please contact Mr. Terry Coleman at 844-FGT-INFO (844-348-4636) or you can visit the FGT website at https://fgthydrotest.com/home/central-florida/hillsborough-polk/ or by contacting Bill Skelton with the Polk County Roads & Drainage Division at 863-535-2200.

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Carl Fish

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