Columbia Gas of Ohio will begin a major pipeline improvement project in Delaware in mid-May.
The company says it will upgrade nearly two miles of natural gas mainline and 200 customer service lines with specially designed plastic pipe.
The project includes a number of streets near Heffner and Franklin streets. Customers affected by this work have been notified via letter and invited to an informational meeting on Monday, May 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Smith Elementary School, 355 N. Liberty St., to meet with representatives from Columbia Gas.
In the near future, customers on these streets will notice preliminary construction work in the area, such as staking of right of way and inspection of sewer lines, company officials said. The construction work requires a temporary interruption of natural gas service. Columbia Gas will make contact with customers before shutting off service and to schedule service restoration.
Customers with indoor meters will have them moved outside of the home at no charge, company officials said. An outdoor meter eliminates the risk of shutoff due to access issues, and provides first-responders with easy access to the meter during an emergency.
Columbia Gas said it will restore all property to the same or better condition, including streets, sidewalks, lawns and driveways.
Columbia Gas officials noted that its employees and contractors carry identification cards bearing their names, photographs and identification numbers.