City gives more details on downtown Columbia Gas project

Columbia Gas of Ohio has announced that it will be upgrading existing low-pressure gas lines to medium pressure lines within the downtown of Bowling Green in 2018. Work is scheduled to begin the first week of June and is expected to last through August, possibly in to September. As a result of this work, changes to traffic patterns will occur and on-street parking will be affected.

The total project area will encompass Main Street, roughly from Clay to the area of Ordway and Lehman. Certain side streets, alleys, and city parking lots will also be affected. Columbia Gas plans to work 1-2 blocks at a time, working Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., possibly working periodic Saturday’s as well.

Work will primarily occur within the curb lane of Main Street, with some crossings and installation on side streets and in alley’s as well. At the end of each work day, steel plates or backfill will cover any open work areas. Before leaving the respective blocks, Columbia Gas has indicated that a temporary patch will be installed. Once the entire network of upgraded gas lines has been installed, final site restoration will take place – including sidewalk and street repairs.

Columbia Gas has been supplied with a list of downtown events including Classics on Main, Firefly Nights, and Black Swamp Arts Festival.

This work is in anticipation of the city replacing water and sewer lines late in 2018 prior to the downtown paving project in 2019 on Main Street, from Oak to Ordway, and Wooster Street, from Church to Prospect.

Questions about the Columbia Gas project should be directed to Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas. Colon may be reached at rcolon@nisource.com or 419-539-6206. Questions about the city utility work or paving project may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

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