NW Natural will be working in Bingen and White Salmon over the next two-and-a-half months on a project designed to improve distribution system pressures and reliability in that community. Project managers said during a virtual meeting with various stakeholders this week the existing natural gas system configuration is approaching capacity to supply customer needs on very cold days, and modeling shows the potential for outages during peak times if changes were not made. Phase 1 work will begin Monday and continue through September 10 starting at the intersection of Ash and Humboldt in Bingen and working north up Jewett Boulevard to Dock Grade Road. The second phase set for September 16 to October 17 and continue on Jewett to NE Estes, then up to NE Tohomish ending at N Main. NW Natural has sent letters to homes and businesses on the work route…and will provide updates on traffic impacts to local media throughout the project.