Published On: Mon, Mar 5th, 2018

Gas pipeline upgrades underway in Alexandria

Alexandria, Ind. — Contract crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren) have begun replacing gas mains and service lines in Alexandria as part of the company’s pipeline replacement program, which is a multi-year program to replace about 1,300 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure throughout Indiana. In Alexandria, nearly $1.5 million will go toward retiring approximately 3.5 miles of gas main and nearly 180 service lines in 2018. Since 2008, more than two miles have been retired within the city. Vectren intends to retire a total of more than 11 miles in Alexandria over the next several years.

“To ensure the continued reliability of our natural gas pipeline systems and service, our program to replace essentially all of our bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure carries on,” said Mike Roeder, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana-North president. “As we continue to modernize our pipeline infrastructure, we remain focused on strengthening our system to not only meet federal requirements, but ensure the safe delivery of natural gas service to our customers for decades to come.”

Streets affected during the first project include: W. Jackson Street, N. Liberty Street and W. Van Buren Street. Visit www.vectren.com/pipelinereplacement to view an interactive map displaying all streets in Alexandria where construction will take place in 2018.

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, which is a gas pipeline that ranges in size from 2” to 8” and is often underneath the street or sidewalk, 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 Roeder. “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 Alexandria residents to please keep the following in mind:

  • Please exercise caution when driving through the construction zones. 
  • We urge residents and their children to keep a safe distance away from any work zones.

Alexandria is one of nearly 75 cities in Indiana undergoing this type of pipeline replacement. Since 2008, nearly 480 miles of gas mains have been replaced in the Vectren North territory, which has led to a reduction in leak calls and natural gas emissions from the distribution system. For more information about Vectren’s gas infrastructure modernization program, visit Vectren.com/modernization.

Source: Vectren

 

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