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Public meeting set to discuss gas line project in Pleasant Hills

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Columbia Gas crews later this year will replace aging pipes to about 200 customers in Pleasant Hills.

Beginning in May or June and continuing into the fall, residents of Delano, National, Columbia, Winifred and Beam drives will have steel gas pipes in their homes replaced with polyethylene, Columbia Gas spokeswoman Brynnly Schwartz said.

A public meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. April 29 in the community room of the Pleasant Hills Municipal Building, 410 East Bruceton Road.

This is part of Columbia Gas' overall infrastructure improvement, she said. But what sets the work in Pleasant Hills apart is that, on a case-by-case basis, some work will happen inside customers' homes, Schwartz said.

Service also will be changed from the rear to the front of each home.

Residents will receive notices from Columbia Gas about the meeting.

“Some of the pipe has been in the ground since the early 1900s,” Schwartz said.

Neighborhoods were selected because of the age and condition of the pipes, she said.

Customers will be notified in advance and be without gas service for a half day while the new pipe is being connected, Schwartz said.

Public works Supervisor Denny Kunkel said he wanted the utility company to map all the lines before any work was done.

The infrastructure work is estimated to cost $2.2 million. Columbia Gas also has completed work in Bethel Park, Baldwin-Whitehall and Mt. Lebanon, Schwartz said.

On the exterior, plants and grass will be replaced, and meters will be installed on the sides of homes, not the front. Pipes will be oriented in line with the furnace. Any drywall and paneling that is damaged in basements will be replaced.

“Everything will be restored or replaced to equal or better condition,” Schwartz said.

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or ddreeland@tribweb.com.

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