Contract crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren) have begun replacing gas mains and service lines in Greenfield 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 Greenfield, nearly $1.5 million will go toward replacing nearly three miles of gas main and more than 260 service lines in 2016. Since 2008, more than six miles have been retired within the city. Vectren intends to retire a total of 13 miles in Greenfield over the next several years.
“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.”
Streets affected during the first project include: North McArthur Way, Lafayette Street, Second Street, Fourth Street, North Street, Washington Street, Jefferson Street and Mirabeau Street. Visit the Active Projects tab on www.vectren.com/pipelinereplacement to view an interactive map displaying all streets in Greenfield where construction will take place in 2016.
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 Greenfield residents to keep the following in mind: Exercise caution when driving through the construction zones. We urge residents and their children to keep a safe distance away from any work zones.
Greenfield is one of more than 40 cities in Ohio undergoing this type of pipeline replacement. For more information about the program, visit Vectren.com/pipelinereplacement.
Submitted by Natalie Hedde, Vectren.