Columbia Gas of Ohio is upgrading gas lines in southwest Worthington, which affects about 210 customers, according to city leaders.

Correction: Because of a reporter's error, the original version of this story published in the Sept. 19 edition of the ThisWeek Worthington News contained incorrect information about roads being closed for the gas-line project. Lane restrictions are planned, but all roads will remain open to traffic during the project, said Worthington spokesperson Anne Brown.

Columbia Gas of Ohio is upgrading gas lines in southwest Worthington, which affects about 210 customers, according to city leaders.

The repairs will involve residences near the intersection of High Street and Riverglen Drive, on South Street from Evening Street to Olentangy Boulevard, Winter and Garden drives, Hallmark Place and Fox, Keys and Warner lanes, according to a map provided by Columbia Gas.

Worthington spokesperson Anne Brown said some lane restrictions are planned, but all roads would remain open during the project. She confirmed that crews are working on the lines and said they started work Sept. 9.

Luka Papalko, an external affairs specialist for Columbia Gas, said gas service would be disconnected for about two to four hours for customers in the affected areas.

Papalko said although work has started, but crews have not yet gone to residents' homes. The crews will need access to residents homes to complete the project, he said. The crews will relight any stoves and turn services back on for residents, he said.

He said the crews have started working near Olentangy Boulevard and would work their way east.

Papalko said Columbia personnel would meet with residents to discuss the work.

He said residents should have received a notice in the mail.

He said the project would conclude this winter, but the company did not have a specific month.

Columbia Gas held a public meeting for residents Sept. 11 at the Griswold Center to answer questions.

Papalko said Columbia Gas is replacing the lines with plastic pipes. The previous lines were made of steel, he said.

He said the repairs might involve moving the meter at residents' homes.

"(The crews) will tell you the best place for the meters to go," he said.

Papalko said any disruptions to property, such as holes, would be filled and repaired by the company.

"We want to make it look as though we were never there," he said.

Residents who have questions about the line replacement may contact Papalko at 614-420-1376 or go to worthington.org.

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