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Columbia Gas to begin pipeline replacement project in Tiffin

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A map showing streets that will be affected by the pipeline replacement project. (Contributed Photo)

Tiffin, Ohio — Columbia Gas and its contractor, Miller Pipeline, are set to begin a pipeline replacement project in Tiffin starting the week of January 23. The project will involve the installation of approximately 13,075 feet of new plastic pipe, serving 309 residences on sections of Market, Lindsay, Niles, Oil, Leitner, Sandusky, Benner, Orange, Maple, Carl, and St. Clair streets.

Preconstruction camera work has already begun, and residents may notice markers and flags in their yards. These markers are being placed to mark the locations of underground facilities and residents are asked to keep these markers in place until the work is complete.

All of Columbia’s employees and contractors can be identified by marked vehicles and also carry photo ID, according to a press release from the company.

Installation of the new main line will begin in mid-January, and once the main line is in and put into service, Columbia Gas will follow up with service line replacements for individual homes. These replacements take about 2-4 hours per property and include a brief service disconnection. Indoor meters will also be relocated outside. Crews will reach out to schedule an appointment with each property owner once we get to this phase.

As for restoration, crews will temporarily restore all property to ensure safety and accessibility over the winter months and then follow-up with the permanent grade restoration once the weather breaks in the spring.

For more information, a virtual public meeting has been set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 18. More details will be provided at that time. Additionally, a short video that provides an overview of these types of projects is available at https://vimeo.com/481327238

For questions, contact Megan Hunyor, Public Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas of Ohio at (419) 265-5762 or [email protected] In case of a natural gas emergency, call 1(800) 344-4077.

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