Although a lot of work is ahead, north Bexley residents can know the city and Columbia Gas intend to see the disruptions are minimal.

During a Jan. 25 meeting at Bexley City Hall, residents received an overview of Columbia Gas construction projects that were scheduled to begin this week and city water line and roadway improvements that are set for spring.

The Columbia Gas work is scheduled to last 12 to 14 weeks on Ashbourne Place and Ashbourne Road and Denver, Drexel and Stanbery avenues. The city's water line and roadway work is scheduled to last 10 to 12 weeks on Ashbourne Place, Ashbourne Road and Roosevelt Avenue, from East Broad Street to East Main Street.

The projects are part of the company's ongoing natural gas-line replacement program, which aims to replace aging cast-iron and bare-steel pipes with specially designed long-lasting pipes, said Kristin Begg, Columbia Gas external affairs specialist.

"We want to make it the least impactful for you as possible because we understand this is where you live," Begg told about 20 residents at the meeting. "You didn't necessarily ask for this, but it is an enhancement to your community."

The project will also include relocating gas meters from inside to the exterior of residences, Begg said.

"If (the gas meter) is currently in your home, every three years, we have to come in and expect those lines," she said. "So this eliminates that need for somebody to come out to your house every three years and inspect that meter inside."

The project will not involve street closures, said city Service Director Bill Dorman.

"The road's going to be open. There's not going to be any closures," he said. "You will all have access to your driveways."

On Ashbourne Place, Ashbourne Road, and Denver, Drexel and Stanbery avenues, crews will be installing a new 2-inch medium pressure mainline and transferring meters.

Drexel Avenue is scheduled for high-pressure mainline installation. The project will run from the north side of East Broad Street to Sherwood Avenue to Dawson Avenue across East Main Street to Pleasant Ridge Avenue.

When new supply lines are connected, gas service to residences will be disrupted for about two hours and Columbia Gas will inspect whether any connections to appliances inside homes need to be repaired, Begg said.

"In most cases, this does not happen, but it's a scenario we like to tell everybody," she said. "If there is a leak, we cannot turn the gas service back on ... We have to red-tag that appliance and it has to be repaired.

The city will work with Columbia Gas to ensure trees are preserved and to make sure any concrete or other surfaces affected by excavation will be replaced with the same materials, Dorman said.

"We make sure it gets put back the way it was," he said.

Once the Columbia Gas work has been completed, the city will begin its work, Dorman said.

"As soon as they're done, we're going to be coming in and repairing roads and adding water lines," he said.

For more information, visit bexley.org/service-department or call the Service Department at 614-559-4220.

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