Vectren crews begin to replace svc. lines

Contract crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren) have begun replacing gas mains and service lines in Huntington 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 Huntington, more than $2.9 million will go toward retiring more than two miles of gas main and nearly 200 service lines in 2018.
Since 2008, more than seven miles have been retired within the city. Vectren intends to retire a total of nearly 13 miles in Huntington over the next several years.

Streets affected during the first project include Henry Street, William Street, Etna Avenue, Olinger Street, Hannah Street and Cline Street.

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 inches to 8 inches 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.

Prior to service replacement, a Vectren representative will contact customers to provide an overview of the required work.

Vectren reminds Huntington residents to  keep the following in mind:

• Exercise caution when driving through the construction zones.

• Vectren urges residents and their children to keep a safe distance away from any work zones.

Huntington is one of nearly 75 cities in Indiana undergoing this type of pipeline replacement. Since 2008, nearly 480 miles of gas mains have been replaced in the Vectren North territory, which has led to a reduction in leak calls and natural gas emissions from the distribution system.

Visit www.vectren.com/pipelinereplacement to view an interactive map displaying all streets in Huntington where construction will take place in 2018.