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$1.8 million project to update gas pipes

Springfield project is party of company’s safety, modernization work.

Columbia Gas will spend $1.8 million to replace old pipe and some indoor gas meters in a neighborhood near Burnett Road and High Street beginning this month.

The project covers the area south of High Street, north of Morton Drive, east of Burnett Road and west of Lawnview Avenue. It will install a new natural gas system with safety enhancements for 440 customers in Springfield and replace approximately three miles of underground steel pipe with plastic pipe.

The company will host a public open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the First Assembly Church of God, 515 S. Burnett Road. Columbia Gas staff members will be available to answer any questions residents may have.

“We definitely want to be able to educate about the process and resolve any questions that may be there,” said Shanelle Hinkle-Moore, external affairs specialist for Columbia Gas.

The project is part of the gas company’s 25-year, $2 billion project to improve 20,000 miles of underground pipe in Ohio. Initial work is expected to begin next week and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The company performed a similar $2.6 million project in the Kenton Street neighborhood last spring.

Customers will receive a letter notifying them of the upcoming work by mail. They’ll also be contacted by a Columbia Gas employee or contractor before work is set to begin in their immediate area.

The work requires a temporary shutoff of natural gas service. The company may also need to do some digging in customers’ backyards to work on pipelines. It will restore any landscaping or disruptions to property that occur as a result of the project.

The cost of the project is shared by all customers and will not cost extra for neighborhood residents. Crews will be replacing both the main line underneath the street and the line that services a home or business.

Portions of the following streets will be part of the project: Allen Drive, Van Buren Road, Barker Drive, Biel Street, Dorothy Layne Ave., Duncan Street, Elmore Drive, Gruen Drive, Lexington Ave., Mavor Street, Morton Drive, Mount Joy Street, Reames Ave. and Share Street.

Some customers with indoor gas meters will have them moved outside at no additional charge. The outdoor meters make it safer for safety crews to respond to gas leaks in the area. The outdoor meters also allow for easier repairs to be made, meaning residents will not need to be home.

“They know where it is and its easy access,” Hinkle-Moore said.

Columbia Gas serves approximately 1.6 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

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