Columbia Gas to Invest $1.7 Million to Upgrade Gas Lines in Chillicothe

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Columbia Gas of Ohio is starting a gas line replacement project in Chillicothe. The company has announced that work will begin the week of March 11th and will impact an estimated 260 residents and businesses.

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The work area is roughly bounded by Arch Street on the north, Delano Avenue on the west, Western Avenue on the south and Church Street on the east.

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Columbia Gas contractors will be working street by street to install new main lines and service lines up to each customer’s home or building. Resident's gas service will not be impacted until it is time for Columbia Gas to connect the customer to the new gas system at their meter. Customers will get advance notice of this service interruption. For most customers, the company says gas service will be interrupted for approximately two to four hours.

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The company says some residents may need to have their meters relocated as gas meters currently located inside a residence will need be moved to the exterior. It adds though that any surface that needs to be disturbed will be repaired by Columbia Gas. This includes sidewalks, driveways, lawns and landscaping. The work and clean-up are expected to be completed during fall of 2019.

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Columbia Gas says this new system will provide customers a gas system with state of the art safety features. Over the last decade Columbia Gas has invested more than $1.5-billion around the state to replace aging gas lines, which has help to reduce the number of reported gas leaks by 40-percent during that time.

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The company will be conducting a community open house later this month to provide more detail about the new system, and customers are invited to attend. The event will take place at the Northside Branch of the Chillicothe Ross County Public Library, located at 550 Buckeye Street on Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m.

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Questions or concerns about the project can also resolved by contacting Columbia Gas External Affairs Specialist, Luka Papalko, by phone at 614-420-1376, and by email at lpapalko@nisource.com

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Additional information is also available at www.columbiagasohio.com/replacement

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