FAIRBORN — Contract crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery will soon begin replacing gas mains and service lines in Fairborn as part of the company’s pipeline replacement program, which is a multi-year program to replace about 700 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure throughout Ohio.
In Fairborn, more than $1.9 million will go toward retiring nearly three miles of gas main and more than 200 service lines in 2017. Since 2009, nearly nine miles have been retired within the city. Vectren intends to retire a total of more than 40 miles in Fairborn over the next several years.
Streets affected during the first project include E. Dayton Drive and Mann Avenue. Additional pipeline replacement work will occur on Montgomery Avenue, Wilbur Avenue and Stewart Boulevard. Visit the Active Projects tab on www.vectren.com/pipelinereplacement to view an interactive map displaying all streets in Fairborn where construction will take place in 2017.
“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 Colleen Ryan, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio president. “These infrastructure enhancements are vital to meeting federal requirements and ensuring the continued safety of our system for decades to come.”
In most cases, a polyethylene (plastic) system is being installed to replace the current bare steel and cast iron gas pipeline system. First, 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 Ryan. “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 Fairborn residents to please keep the following in mind:
– Exercise caution when driving through the construction zones.
– Vectren urges residents and their children to keep a safe distance away from any work zones.
Fairborn is one of more than 40 cities in Ohio undergoing this type of pipeline replacement. Since 2009, more than 320 miles have been retired, which has led to a reduction in leak calls and natural gas emissions from the distribution system. For more information about the program, visit Vectren.com/pipelinereplacement.
Story courtesy of Vectren Energy Delivery.