Mount Vernon, OH – Columbia Gas is set to begin a project in Mount Vernon to replace aging gas lines with newer, state-of-the-art plastic pipe. The work will take place largely in the area bounded by Gay (west), Division (east), High (north) and Howard (south). Installation will extend a bit further south on McKenzie and east on Howard as well. In total, crews plan to install roughly 15,000 feet of new pipe, serving approximately 200 residences.
Preconstruction camera work is already underway and residents should expect excavation to begin within the next week. Columbia Gas and its contractor, Mid-Ohio Pipeline, will begin by installing the new main line and then proceed to service lines for individual properties. Inside gas meters will be relocated outside as well.
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.
The project requires only a short interruption to natural gas service. Columbia Gas crews or contractors will contact affected customers to schedule the brief shut off and 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.
There is no additional cost to customers and Columbia Gas will restore all impacted property.