Dominion Energy Ohio plans to invest $1.2 million to replace a combined 7,300 feet of steel pipeline with corrosion-resistant plastic line in two separate late summer Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement (PIR) projects within the city of Cuyahoga Falls.
The projects are part of Dominion East Ohio's overall Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement (PIR) program, launched in mid-2008, according to a news release issued by Dominion. The $4 billion, 25-year, PIR program will involve the eventual replacement of more than 5,500 miles of the company's 22,000-mile pipeline system.
The first project, scheduled to begin July 17, will replace 4,300 feet of 1946-vintage, bare steel pipeline with high-density plastic line on State Road, near Falls Avenue, and on Falls Avenue from State Road east to Ninth Street. Work on the $500,000 project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August, weather permitting.
The second project, scheduled to begin Aug. 7, will replace 3,000 feet of 1957-vintage, tarred and wrapped steel pipeline with medium-density plastic line. The work area includes: State Road from south of Portage Trail to Schiller Avenue; Schiller Avenue from State Road east to Portage Trail; and Portage Trail from Schiller Avenue to just east of North Haven Boulevard.
During construction, the company or its contractors will need to turn off natural gas service to about 10 customers, for generally one to three hours, to facilitate replacement of the service lines, which connect company mainlines to customers' premises. Dominion Energy also will assume responsibility for the service lines that run from the curb to the customer's meter.
The company will attempt to notify affected customers 24 to 48 hours prior to this to arrange access. The company may need to perform additional work at customers' homes or businesses, at no charge, including:
° Inspecting and testing any interior service lines;
° Verifying the reading on an inside meter;
° Replacing the service line, which delivers natural gas from the main line to the gas meter; and
° Changing the gas meter
Dominion Energy Ohio personnel, or a qualified contractor working for the company, will relight customer appliances once work is complete. If a problem is discovered with any of the house lines, which run from the gas meter to the natural gas appliances, it is the responsibility of the property owner to have the repairs made by a qualified plumber or contractor.
Once the work is complete, restoration will begin as soon as weather permits, including street paving, driveways and approaches. Typical yard restoration is limited to grading and seeding.
Dominion Energy Ohio will post informational signs in the area where work is being performed. Further details will be available at www.dominionenergy.com, keyword: Pipeline Replacement, and by calling Dominion, toll-free, at 1-800-362-7557, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Dominion can also be reaced at 1-800-544-5768. Customers also may send questions by email to Dominion's Ohio Construction Support Department at OhioConstructionSupport@dominionenergy.com.