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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Columbia Gas of Ohio is in the process of making a $1.7 million investment in Portsmouth with the improvement of the gas pipeline system. The project is part of a 25-year, $2 billion plan to upgrade more than 4,000 miles of pipeline throughout the state of Ohio.

“We are about five years into the process,” Columbia Gas of Ohio External Affairs Specialist Shane Cartmill said. “While no two projects are the same, we have performed similar upgrades like this one in Portsmouth that encompasses a mix of residential and commercial customers. This specific upgrade represents a $1.7 million investment in Portsmouth. We will upgrade more than 19,000 feet of pipe. Approximately 330 customers will benefit from this upgrade.”

Cartmill said the company’s goal is the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to their customers.

“The current gas pipelines in that part of Portsmouth are made of steel, put into service decades ago,” Cartmill said. “Like any parts of the infrastructure in a community — such as bridges or roads — age and condition can impact their reliability. While the current system has performed well, it is time to replace it with much longer lasting and specially-designed plastic pipe.”

Cartmill said construction should start in mid to late April and will continue through late fall. He said company representatives have met with city officials and will continue to be in constant communication with them throughout the project, and that they do plan accordingly around festivals and holidays, such as River Days and Independence Day.

“We will have a public meeting on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library (1220 Gallia Street),” Cartmill said. “This meeting is an opportunity for customers to learn more about how the new gas pipeline system will directly benefit them. They will learn more about the construction process and also will have the chance to ask any questions they may have. We plan to have at the meeting the engineer who designed the project and the construction coordinator who will oversee the work being completed. Finally, we also plan to utilize social media for this upgrade project to keep customers updated. More details about that will be available at the public meeting.”

The project will include the following streets: Third Street, Fourth Street, Fifth Street, Sixth Street, Seventh Street, Eighth Street, Ninth Street, 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, Findlay Street, Gay Street, Chillicothe Street, Washington Street, Court Street, and Market Street.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.

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