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Some 2,500 feet of natural gas distribution pipeline in southwest Bakersfield has been replaced to meet rising consumer demand, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced Thursday.

The utility said plastic pipes 2 inches in diameter were replaced by plastic pipes with twice that diameter along streets bordering the west side of Pin Oak Park south of Laurel Oak Way.

The work was done over the past six weeks in order to ensure reliable delivery of natural gas as the area's population grows, PG&E said. It said the roadway affected will be repaved as soon as weather permits.

"We appreciate the patience that area residents and businesses have shown while we conducted this important gas infrastructure work," Chris Ederer, gas distribution engineer for PG&E's Kern County division, said in a news release.