Columbia Gas worker

A natural gas line replacement project will soon begin in Clinton and Pleasant Townships.

MOUNT VERNON – Columbia Gas is set to begin a project in Clinton and Pleasant Township to replace aging gas lines with newer, state-of-the-art plastic pipe. The work is taking place on Westwood, Club, Southridge, Harvey, Summit, Everview and Laybelle. Crews will install about 8,000 feet of new pipe, serving approximately 100 residents.

Columbia Gas will host virtual public meetings Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 10 at noon for any residents with questions. Dial-in information is included below.

The new plastic pipe has several benefits, including enhanced safety features and the ability to bend to the earth’s contour while expanding and contracting with shifting temperatures. Once installed, the modernized system will last longer and reduce the amount of future maintenance required for upkeep.

There is no additional cost to customers for this project. This work is part of Columbia’s 25-year, $2 billion plan to improve the safety and reliability of more than 20,000 miles of underground natural gas pipe.

The project will require only a short interruption to natural gas service. Columbia Gas crews or contractors will contact customers before shutting off service and scheduling relight appointments. All employees and contractors carry identification cards with their names and photograph and must show them upon request.

In light of COVID-19, crews are also following strict recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep everyone safe.

By early-to-mid February, residents should expect to see crews and equipment in the area. Following a few weeks of pre-construction work (camera, staking, surveying, etc.), Columbia Gas and its contractor, Mid-Ohio Pipeline, will begin construction by installing the new main line and then proceed to service lines for individual homes.

Some gas meters may be relocated as well.

The project should conclude by late spring or early summer, depending on weather conditions and other factors.

Columbia Gas will restore all property affected by construction.

For more information, visit ColumbiaGasOhio.com/Replacement. For a short video explaining the process, visit https://vimeo.com/481327238.

Virtual meeting dial-in information:

Video Link: https://nisource.webex.com/meet/bcutler.

Conference Line (Toll): 1-203-607-0564.

Conference Line (Toll Free): +1-866-692-3580.

Passcode: 173 694 5189.

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