Columbia Gas of Ohio announced today that it has completed a nearly $14 million natural gas pipeline replacement project in the Clintonville and Ohio State University areas.
As part of its Ackerman Pipeline Improvement Project, the company installed a new coated steel gas distribution pipeline to replace a bare steel line that had been in service since the 1950s.
The new pipeline is a critical part of Columbia’s long-term plan for maintaining safe, reliable natural gas service to its customers throughout Franklin County.
“This project is a great example of how Columbia is investing in its system for the benefit of our customers and the communities we serve,” said Columbia Gas of Ohio President Jack Partridge. “We acted now to replace an older pipeline with a modern one to ensure continued safe, reliable service for years to come.”
The new pipeline stretches 1.5 miles between Columbia’s existing natural gas pipeline located on Ackerman Road between Fred Taylor Drive and Defiance Drive and the project’s completion on West Tulane Road near the intersection of High Street and East Weber Road. The outside of the pipe is coated with an epoxy film that prevents corrosion.
The Ohio Power Siting Board certified the route in March following an extensive review of the environmental and social impact of the project.
Columbia placed the line in service more than a month ahead of schedule, and has done extensive restoration of impacted lawns, landscaping, sidewalks and roadways, as well as Clinton-Como Park. An area of the park will remain fenced off until spring to allow newly planted grass to grow.
“We sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation during our construction process,” Partridge said. “That played a big role in allowing us to complete our work efficiently.”