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Pipeline project to start

CONNEAUT — Construction is expected to start next week on a natural gas pipeline improvement that will disrupt traffic along a 10,000-foot length of Route 20 on Conneaut’s west side.

A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for today with the contractor, Roese Pipeline Co., of Kawkawlin, Mich., City Manager James Hockaday said. A five-foot trench will be dug in the westbound passing lane of the four-lane highway that will house a 12-inch gas pipeline. The work site stretches between Parrish and Amboy roads.

Hockaday, at Monday night’s City Council work session, said Roese brings a “good reputation” and “very responsive” attitude to the project, which has been estimated to cost about $2 million.

Workers will dig, install and then fill the trench sections at a time, creating a “moving work zone” designed to help minimize traffic tie-ups, Hockaday said. The process will result in a “usable road once it’s backfilled,” he said.

Signs and other traffic control methods will be in play to help drivers navigate construction areas, Hockaday said. Work should be complete by the end of the year.

Roese wants to begin as soon as possible.

“They’re losing weather rapidly,” Hockaday said.

Roese will use some of the Conneaut Plaza shopping center parking lot to park equipment and store material. The company would also like to use a small building on the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, opposite the shopping center, as a project headquarters, Hockaday said. Roese has agreed to reimburse the city some utility costs for use of the building.

The project will replace an 8-inch, bare-steel pipe with a 12-inch, coated-steel line, according to a statement released by Dominion East Ohio. The project is part of a $4 billion, 25-year infrastructure replacement program, the company said.

The upgrade will improve serve and volume to customers “in response to supply challenges experienced during the polar vortex of winter 2014,” according to the statement.

Industries in the Seaway Industrial Park in the area of Parrish Road and Chamberlain Boulevard — especially General Aluminum — are expected to be the primary beneficiaries, local officials have said.

In related news, Ohio pipeline manufacturer is temporarily closing its doors.

This article was written by Mark Todd Mtodd@starbeacon.Com from Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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