(BEDFORD) - Contract crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery have begun replacing gas mains and service lines in Bedford as part of the company's pipeline replacement program, which is a multi-year program to replace about 1,300 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure throughout Indiana.
In Bedford, nearly $1.2 million will go toward retiring more than two miles of gas main and approximately 200 service lines in 2014. Since 2008, more than four miles have been replaced within the city.
Vectren intends to replace a total of more than 14 miles in Bedford over the next several years.
"To ensure the continued reliability of our natural gas pipeline systems and service, Vectren has undertaken a program to replace essentially all of our bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure," said Mike Roeder, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana-North president. "These infrastructure enhancements are vital to meeting federal requirements and ensuring the continued safety of our system for decades to come."
The following streets will be affected during these projects: 11th Street, O Street, P Street, Q Street, R Street. S Street, T Street, 16th Street, 17th Street, 18th Street, M Street, and N Street. Visit the Active Projects tab on www.vectren.com/pipelinereplacement to view maps of all areas in Bedford where construction will take place in 2014.
In most cases, a polyethylene (plastic) system is being installed to replace the current bare steel and cast iron gas pipeline system. First, the gas main, which is a gas pipeline that ranges in size from 2" to 8" and is often underneath the street or sidewalk, will be replaced within the right-of-way, and then the service lines running directly to homes and businesses will be replaced. Upon completion of the project, affected yards, sidewalks and streets will be restored.
"Construction for these pipeline projects may take several weeks to complete, and times may vary based on the size of the project, weather, ground surface/soil and other situations that may arise," said Roeder. "Please be assured that Vectren and its contractors will make every effort to complete each project as quickly as possible and minimize impact to customers and the community."
Prior to service replacement, a Vectren representative will contact customers to provide an overview of the required work. Vectren reminds Bedford residents to please keep the following in mind:
Please exercise caution when driving through the construction zones.
Vectren urges residents and their children to keep a safe distance away from any work zones.
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