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Vectren prepares to replace gas lines in Columbus

Contract crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery will soon begin replacing gas mains and service lines in Columbus as part of the company's pipeline replacement program. Company officials say the program is a multi-year effort to replace about 1,300 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure throughout Indiana. In Columbus, more than $1.5 million will go toward replacing nearly 2.5 miles of gas main and approximately 260 service lines this year. Since 2008, Vectren says about 1.5 miles have been replaced within the city. Vectren intends to replace a total of nearly 80 miles in Columbus over the next several years.

"To ensure the continued reliability of our natural gas pipeline systems and service, Vectren has undertaken a program to replace essentially all of our bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure," said Mike Roeder, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana-North president. "These infrastructure enhancements are vital to meeting federal requirements and ensuring the continued safety of our system for decades to come."

The following streets will be affected during this project: 19th Street, 20th Street, 23rd Street, Franklin Street, Highland Drive, Linden, Riverside Drive and Washington Street. Visit the Active Projects tab on www.vectren.com/pipelinereplacement to view maps of all areas in Columbus where construction will take place.

In most cases, a polyethylene plastic system is being installed to replace the existing gas pipeline system. Vectren explains that the gas main will be replaced within the right-of-way, and then the service lines running directly to homes and businesses will be replaced. Upon completion of the project, affected yards, sidewalks and streets will be restored.

"Construction for these pipeline projects may take several weeks to complete, and times may vary based on the size of the project, weather, ground surface/soil and other situations that may arise," said Roeder. "Please be assured that Vectren and its contractors will make every effort to complete each project as quickly as possible and minimize impact to customers and the community."

Prior to service replacement, a Vectren representative will contact customers to provide an overview of the required work. Vectren reminds Columbus residents to exercise caution when driving through construction zones and to keep a safe distance from all work zones.

Vectren says that Columbus is one of nearly 75 cities in Indiana undergoing this type of pipeline replacement. Since 2008, the utility says that more than 200 miles of gas mains have been replaced in the Vectren North territory, which has led to a 20 percent reduction in leak calls and a reduction in natural gas emissions from the distribution system. For more information about Vectren's gas infrastructure modernization program, visit www.vectren.com/modernization.

Last Updated: Friday, May 02, 2014 3:30:51 PM

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