Columbia Gas is launching a $373,000 infrastructure project in the City of Warren.
Slated to begin on Sept. 4, the project will replace approximately 4,000 feet of steel pipe with, according to Columbia, "state-of the art plastic pipe".
The project will encompass an area bounded to the north by work on Fourth Avenue, bounded on the south by work on Pennsylvania Avenue, bounded on the west by Market Street and bounded on the east by Water Street. Second and Third Avenues, Watson Place and East Street also fall within the project.
Photo by Jacob Perryman
Underground utilities are marked with painted inscriptions on East Street prior to gas line replacement by Columbia Gas.
Overall, the project covers a six block area in the heart of downtown Warren.
According to Communications and Community Relations Specialist with Columbia Sarah Perry, replacement work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and to be completed by the end of October.
"I'm glad to see the gas company putting this type of infrastructure investment into the community," City Director of Public Works Mike Holtz said.
The work could cause some traffic issues, according to Perry.
"Due to the location of the pipe that needs to be replaced as well as the roadway and traffic conditions at the site, temporary lane closures during working hours are possible," Perry noted. "We do want to insure that the public and our customers are informed of the work we are doing within their community and we will be sending out customer letters providing details of the project to our 60 customers that will be directly impacted."
"We want everybody to be careful," Holtz added. "Pay attention to road signs and markers. They'll (workers) be there a few weeks and everybody just needs to be more aware in that area."
Crews have already begun marking the project area.