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Columbia Gas investing $1.3 million in line upgrade

By Carol McIntire

Columbia Gas
Scott Nicholas of Carrollton, an employee of Miller Pipeline Corp., operates a directional bore machine on E. Main St.

Columbia Gas and Miller Pipeline Corp. vehicles are common sights in Carrollton this summer.

Columbia Gas is completing a $1.3 million upgrade to the service and main gas lines in the northeast quadrant of the village. Miller Pipeline Corp. from Hilliard is the contractor for the project.

The company is utilizing a directional bore machine to install the pipe in the right-of-way so as not to disturb the soil as little as possible. A vac truck is being used to locate service lines, which does require cuts in the sidewalks.

Amy Koncelik, spokesperson for Columbia Gas, said the project involves streets from Main St. north to Fourth St. and from Park Ave. west to Lisbon St. She said the lines were originally installed in the 1940s and 50s and are cast iron and steel. They are being replaced with a special plastic pipe.

An official from Miller Pipeline said the company has completed the installation of about 7,500 feet of the 10,000 feet included in the project. He noted three of the company’s employees are from the Carrollton area. “We have completed other project in the Carrollton area,” he noted. “It is nice for the men to be able to work close to home.”

The project is slated to be completed by the end of 2013. “The project is weather dependant,” Koncelik noted.

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