-- Columbia Gas of Ohio will begin two major pipeline improvement projects in the Hilltop area of Columbus during the first quarter of 2014. The company will replace more than six miles of natural gas mainline and 1,200 customer service lines in the neighborhood.
The Racine Avenue and Whitehead project covers an area east of Hauge Avenue, west of Richardson, north of Eakin Road, and south of Sullivant Avenue. The Oakley Avenue and Springmont Avenue project covers an area south of Sullivant Avenue, north of Mound Street, east of Richardson Avenue, and west of Wheatland Avenue. Customers benefitting from this work will receive a notification letter prior to construction.
The $4.1 million project will replace existing steel pipe with specially designed plastic pipe. The project is expected to be done by the end of 2014. Columbia Gas of Ohio will host a public open house from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January, 22, at the Salvation Army, 2300 West Mound Street. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and answer questions from residents in the project area.
The construction work requires a temporary interruption of natural gas service. Columbia Gas will make personal contact with customers prior to shutting off service and to schedule service restoration.
Customers with indoor meters will have them moved outside of the home. An outdoor meter eliminates the risk of shut off due to access issues, and provides first responders with easy access to the meter during an emergency. This is a safety enhancement and a convenience to our customers. Any meter move out and customer service line replacement will be done at no additional cost to the customer. Columbia Gas of Ohio is spending nearly $2 billion over 25 years to improve its more than 20,000 mile underground pipeline system.
As a reminder, all Columbia employees and contractors carry identification cards bearing their name, photograph and identification number and will be happy to show it.
Columbia Gas of Ohio safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England.
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