Columbia to replace lines, meters

LISBON – Columbia Gas of Ohio is planning to spend more than $1 million to upgrade pipelines in the Lisbon area over the next several months, according to a news release issued by the company.

Over 10,000 feet of natural gas main line will be replaced along the following streets: Maple, Morrison, South Beaver, Lincoln Way, South Market, Blocksom, Cedar, Morton, South Green, South Lincoln, West Chestnut and West Washington.

In the near future, customers on these streets will notice preliminary construction work in the area, such as staking of right of way and inspection of sewer lines.

A public hearing to ask questions will be held 6 p.m. March 26 at the Columbiana County Career & Technical Center, and customers whose property will be affected will be notified by letter.

This work will require a short interruption of natural gas service, and Columbia Gas will make personal contact with customers prior to shutting-off service and to schedule re-light appointments. Customers will also have their indoor meters moved to the outside of the premises.

As a reminder, all Columbia Gas employees and contractors carry identification cards bearing their name, photograph and identification number and will be happy to show it.

Columbia Gas of Ohio will spend nearly $2 billion over the next 20 years to improve its 19,000 mile underground pipeline system.