Dominion East Ohio customers in Barberton may be getting calls in the next few weeks from the company letting them know their gas may have to be turned off for a few hours, and inspections done of gas lines on their property.
That, because the company is starting a $1.84 mmillion dollar project, which will replace nearly 18 thousand feet of bare steel pipeline, with corrosion-resistant, plastic pipe. The project gets underway this week.
Read the press release from Dominion below:
Dominion East Ohio is investing $1.84 million this summer in Barberton to replace 17,935 feet of bare steel pipeline -- with corrosion-resistant, medium-density plastic pipe. The work area includes East State and 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th streets, and Grace, Homewood, Grandview, Fairview, Taft, Wilson, Harding and Highland avenues. Construction is scheduled to begin March 13, with completion scheduled for July 1, weather permitting.
The pipelines slated for replacement were originally installed between 1926 and 1955. The project is part of Dominion East Ohio’s overall Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement program, launched in mid-2008. The $4 billion, 25-year project will involve the eventual replacement of more than 5,500 miles of the company’s 22,000-mile pipeline system.
During construction, the company or its contractors will need to turn off natural gas service to 308 customers for a short time, generally one to three hours, for replacing service lines. The service lines connect the Dominion main line to the customer’s home or business. As part of PIR, Dominion will assume responsibility for the service line, which formerly had been a customer responsibility.
The company will attempt to notify affected customers 24 to 48 hours prior to this to arrange access. The company may need to perform additional work at customers’ homes or businesses, at no charge, including:
· Inspecting and testing any interior service lines
· Verifying the reading on an inside meter
· Replacing the service line, which delivers natural gas from the main line to the gas meter
· Changing the gas meter
Dominion East Ohio personnel, or a qualified contractor working for Dominion East Ohio, will relight customer appliances once work is complete. If a problem is discovered with any of the house lines, which run from the gas meter to the natural gas appliances, it is the responsibility of the property owner to have the repairs made by a qualified plumber or contractor.
Once the work is complete, restoration will begin as soon as weather permits, including sidewalks, driveways and approaches. Typical yard restoration is limited to grading and seeding.
Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,400 megawatts of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com.