In a July 22 news release, Dominion East Ohio stated it is investing $1.73 million this summer to replace 13,677 feet of bare steel pipeline -- with corrosion-resistant plastic line -- in separate projects along Third Street and Northmoreland Boulevard.

Beginning July 27, the company will replace 8,092 feet of 1946 vintage pipe along Northmoreland. The project will include work on Dwight, Chatham, Maurice, Olympic, Sedro, Seattle, Tacoma, Rainier and Vancouver streets, Treasch Drive and Oneida Avenue, the release stated. The company plans to complete the $825,097 project by Oct. 5, weather permitting.

In late June, Dominion began replacing 5,585 feet of 1940s-vntage bare steel pipe with plastic line on Third Street, between Northland Street and Oakwood Avenue. Work on the $908,154 project is scheduled to conclude Aug. 8, weather permitting.

These projects are part of Dominion East Ohio's overall Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement program, launched in mid-2008. The $4 billion, 25-year project will involve the eventual replacement of more than 5,500 miles of the company's 22,000-mile pipeline system.

During construction, the company or its contractors will need to turn off natural gas service to 154 customers in the Northmoreland area, and 60 along Third Street, respectively, for a short time, generally one to three hours.

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

Changing the gas meter

Dominion also will assume responsibility for the service lines that run from the curb to the customer's meter, the release stated.

Dominion East Ohio personnel, or a qualified contractor working for Dominion East Ohio, 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 sidewalks, driveways and approaches. Typical yard restoration is limited to grading and seeding.

Dominion will post informational signs in the area where work is being performed.