Pipe improvement project underway

Columbia Gas replacing 21,000 feet of steel pipe
Andy Ouriel
Jun 24, 2014

ouriel@sanduskyregister.com

The time’s ripe for a pipe job.

Columbia Gas workers recently started a pipeline improvement project in Sandusky.

Here are some major details about the project, according to company spokesman Jason Copsey:

• Project scope: The project aims to replace roughly 21,000 feet of natural gas mainline steel pipe with specially designed plastic pipe.

The pipes being replaced are between 50 and 60 years old.

“This project is part of our commitment to providing a state-of-the-art natural gas delivery system,” Copsey said. “Our goal is to maintain a safe and reliable natural gas transportation system, and projects like this are a proactive approach to ensure safety while maintaining reliable service. These upgrades enhance the foundation for economic development by ensuring a stable and abundant supply of natural gas is available.”

Work area: All work should occur within the boundary of the following streets: north of Monroe Street, east of Pearl Street, south of Water Street and west of Decatur Street.

• Impact: Almost 500 customers should expect better gas services from the boosted upgrade.

• Cost: The project’s estimated cost hovers around $1.6 million. 

• Who’s paying for it: Customers in this area shouldn’t see their bills rise as a direct result of this project.

“The cost of building, maintaining and replacing the pipeline system is shared by all customers across Ohio and is already part of the monthly bills,” Copsey said. “Residents will not have to pay specifically for this project.

• Timeline: The project began about a week ago and should end sometime before Dec. 31.

• Traffic jam and service interruption: From Columbia Gas: “The construction work may require a temporary interruption of natural gas service for some customers. Impacted customers will be contacted via letter in advance. In addition, Columbia Gas will make personal contact with customers prior to shutting off service and to schedule service restoration."

• Meter relocation: Workers will relocate all meters in this area to the outside of homes. Any meter relocation and customer line replacement will occur at no additional cost to customers.