Vectren upgrades gas mains and service lines in Lafayette and West Lafayette

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15 April 2016, Gas

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In these cities, more than $3.1 million will go toward retiring more than four miles of gas main and nearly 400 service lines in 2016. Since 2008, more than 23 miles have been retired within these cities. Vectren intends to retire a total of nearly 40 miles in Lafayette and West Lafayette over the next several years.

"To ensure the continued reliability of our natural gas pipeline systems and service, Vectren has undertaken a program to replace essentially all of our bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure in addition to other improvements to our natural gas delivery system," said Mike Roeder, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana-North president. "These infrastructure enhancements are vital to meeting federal requirements and ensuring the continued safety of our system for decades to come."

Streets affected during the first project in Lafayette include: Underwood Street and 25th Street. Streets affected during the first project in West Lafayette include: Lindberg Road, Woodland Avenue, Elm Drive, Maywood Drive, Elmwood Drive and Garden Street.

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."

Source: MarketLine

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