Gas project restoration to grind into 2018


Construction flaggers and orange cones won’t be going away in Oberlin anytime soon.

Columbia Gas of Ohio has been replacing a natural gas line in a large part of the city since early February. The project involves replacing gas mains and service lines in nearly half of the city, with most of the work taking place on the northern side of town.

The replacement project is expected to be completed by the end of September.

But the restoration phase won’t be finished until next year at the earliest, said spokesman Daniel Ball.

That doesn’t mean the entire northern end of the city will be torn up for the next few months, though.

It’s an extended project, so construction and restoration will be done in tandem, Ball said. Most of the work has been channeled underneath roadways and sidewalks, but — like our reporters — residents likely have noticed frequent traffic hold-ups as machine operators trundle gravel, soil, and broken sidewalks back and forth between work sites.

Residents who live in the project area have experienced digging in their yards. Any disrupted landscaping will be restored by Columbia Gas, according to Ball.

Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.

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Columbia Gas of Ohio construction is moving west down Rt. 511 and will be finished in September, though restoration will take much longer.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/08/web1_IMG_5887.jpgColumbia Gas of Ohio construction is moving west down Rt. 511 and will be finished in September, though restoration will take much longer.

Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

Oberlin police direct traffic at Route 58 and West Lorain Street.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/08/web1_IMG_5885.jpgOberlin police direct traffic at Route 58 and West Lorain Street.

Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

By Laurie Hamame

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