Columbia Gas of Ohio plans to upgrade several gas lines in Grandview Heights, promising the new lines will be more dependable and safe.

The company will replace gas lines on First, Glenn and Westwood avenues and Wyandotte Road in a $900,000 project.

The project will begin in August and all construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year, said Kristin Begg, external affairs specialist with Columbia Gas.

"We will be replacing the aging cast-iron and bare steel pipelines with new state-of-the-art plastic pipelines," Begg said. "The new lines are more reliable and will offer more safety for our customers."

The project is part of a 25-year program in which Columbia Gas is investing more than $2 billion to replace more than 4,000 miles of pipeline across Ohio, she said.

Many of the pipelines on the streets selected in Grandview were installed before 1950, Begg said.

"The technology has changed so much since then," she said. "The new plastic pipe will be much more efficient and we will not have as many maintenance issues to address."

Another benefit of the new infrastructure is the reduction in leaks, Begg said.

Columbia Gas began its pipeline replacement program 10 years ago, and in the areas where plastic pipelines have been installed, the number of leaks has fallen by 41 percent, she said.

The company will upgrade more than a mile of natural gas mainlines and about 150 customer service lines as part of the Grandview project, Begg said.

Other areas of the city with aging lines will be addressed in future projects, she said.

More than 80 pipeline-replacement projects are planned in Ohio during 2018, Begg said.

The project includes installing new main gas lines and service lines up to each customer's residence or building. Meters located inside buildings will be moved outdoors, she said.

Customers will have a temporary interruption of service while a new line is connected to their meter, Begg said.

"We will be contacting customers ahead of that time to schedule a time for service interruption that is more convenient for them," she said. "We understand that everyone has a different schedule and time of the day that works best for them."

All property disturbed during the project will be restored and the work will be completed at no additional cost to customers, Begg said.

Those with questions about the project may call Begg at 614-381-2151.

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