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Columbia Gas starting pipeline project soon
Columbia Gas of Ohio plans to start soon on a $780,000 project in the city that will affect several streets over the next few months. It is part of the utility’s long-term plans to improve its underground pipeline system across the state.
The utility expects to start work in February on the Fremont portion of the project, with much of the work centered around Wayne Street. The utility estimates it will directly affect about 300 Columbia Gas of Ohio customers in the city, as it replaces about 13,000 feet of natural gas mainline.
Jason Copsey, a Columbia Gas external affairs specialist, said the utility had already started canvassing the area’s sewers and existing infrastructure in advance of the pipeline project.
He said most of the major pipeline work would start soon, probably within the next couple of weeks, with the project extending through a good portion of 2014.
“The best indication we have is that we’ll be done by early fall,” Copsey said.
According to the utility, the project will include parts of St. Ann’s Street, Jackson Street, Rawson Avenue, Baker Street, Napoleon Street, Court Street, Croghan Street and Wood Street, and involve replacing existing steel pipe with specially designed plastic pipe.
It could involve a temporary disruption of natural gas service for some customers, with those affected residents being contacted by letter in advance.
Columbia Gas had scheduled a public meeting Tuesday at Birchard Public Library to give out project information and answer questions from residents.
Copsey said Tuesday that, even with Monday’s weather conditions, the utility planned to have the meeting for about an hour.
He said this was the only Columbia Gas improvement project scheduled in Fremont this year. Copsey said there likely would be additional projects in the coming years.

Source: The News Messenger