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Columbia Gas replacing some lines; traffic delays expected on Route 910 in Pine

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania plans to replace more than a half-mile of underground natural gas lines along Route 910 in Pine.

Motorists can expect traffic delays when the work begins next month between North Chapel and Killarney roads.

“We are upgrading approximately 3,000 feet of old, bare steel pipe with state-of-the-art plastic pipe,” Columbia Gas spokeswoman Sarah Perry said at the March 4 meeting of Pine Township's supervisors.

“The cost of the project is approximately $374,000 and will directly impact 26 Columbia Gas customers,” Perry said.

Perry said individual service lines will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

“Customer service lines will be replaced if needed,” Perry said. “If their customer service line is bare steel, then it will most likely be replaced with state-of-the-art plastic pipe. When needed, new service lines will be installed for impacted customers at no cost to the customer.”

Columbia Gas plans to use flaggers to control traffic during the project. Construction will take place 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Columbia Gas expects to complete the pipeline improvement project by mid-June.

Before the work begins next month, Columbia Gas customers will get “face-to-face notification,” Perry said.

Columbia Gas also will notify affected customers prior to any temporary gas interruptions, according to Perry. Customers will receive notices on their house doors about three days before such interruptions.

The gas company also promises to restore any affected properties to their “pre-construction condition as soon as possible,” Perry said.

The Route 910 gas line replacement project is among $140 million in Columbia Gas infrastructure upgrades planned this year in Pennsylvania, according to gas company officials.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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