updated 3/31/2011 1:17:39 PM ET 2011-03-31T17:17:39

ROANOKE, Va., March 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Roanoke Gas Company, a subsidiary of RGC Resources, Inc. (Nasdaq:RGCO), announced today that it will begin a project to replace its natural gas distribution system in downtown Roanoke. The project is expected to take six months to complete and will be conducted in six phases. Work will be performed during daylight hours on Sunday through Thursday. Work will not be performed on Friday or Saturday to minimize impact to downtown activities. In addition, Monday through Thursday work will be conducted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to minimize the impact on downtown vehicular traffic.

Roanoke Gas Company will notify affected residents and businesses before the start of each phase of construction. The Company will also notify customers before service interruptions occur and will work with affected businesses to minimize the impact on their operations and customers.

The project will replace aging cast iron mains and bare steel service lines with modern plastic pipe. The upgrade will improve system reliability and safety as well as enhance service availability by providing higher gas pressure where needed. The project is a part of Roanoke Gas Company's thirty-year program to replace all cast iron and bare steel pipeline in its natural gas distribution systems. Under this program, older pipe is replaced with either coated steel or plastic to prevent corrosion and leakage as well as improve service availability and operating pressure. Roanoke Gas Company serves approximately 59,000 customers. 

From time to time, the Company may publish forward-looking statements relating to such matters as anticipated financial performance, business prospects, technological developments, new products, research and development activities and similar matters. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements. In order to comply with the terms of the safe harbor, the Company notes that a variety of factors could cause the Company's actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the Company's forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: John B. Williamson, III
         President, Chairman and CEO
         540-777-3810

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