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“In 2020, we continue another year of our pipeline replacement program, modernizing our infrastructure and replacing essentially all of our bare steel and cast-iron pipeline throughout our Ohio territory,” said Richard Leger of Vectren.
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A polyethylene (plastic) system is being installed to replace the current bare steel and cast-iron gas pipeline system, according to Vectren officials.
First, the gas main will be replaced within the right-of-way, and then the service lines running directly to homes and businesses will be replaced. After the project is completed, affected yards, sidewalks and streets will be restored.
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“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,” Leger said. “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.”
Kettering is one of more than 40 cities in Ohio undergoing this type of pipeline replacement. Since 2009, more than 430 miles have been retired in Ohio, which has led to a reduction in leak calls and natural gas emissions from the distribution system.
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Vectren representative will contact Kettering customers to provide an overview of the required work to be done regarding the upcoming pipeline replacement project. Vectren reminds 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.
Streets affected during the first project include: Acorn Drive, Colonial Avenue, Harvey Avenue, Orchard Drive, Broad Boulevard and East Drive. An interactive map is available online, www.vectren.com/pipelinereplacement, which displays all of the streets in Kettering where construction will take place in 2020.