Gas line replacement will impact Kettering, Oakwood residents

Following Monday's explosion and accounts of gas smells, Vectren Energy urges customers to call when they smell gas.

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) –  Vectren Energy Delivery said Monday they will soon begin replacing gas mains and service lines along Shroyer Road as part of the company’s pipeline replacement program.

The program is a multi-year plan to replace about 700 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure throughout Ohio. The upcoming work is being done ahead of a joint public improvement project with the city of Oakwood and the city of Kettering on Shroyer Road, which is slated for the spring of 2017.

Since 2009, nearly six miles have been retired within Kettering, and Vectren intends to retire a total of nearly 50 miles over the next several years. More than eight miles have been retired within Oakwood over the last 7 years, and Vectren intends to retire a total of 25 miles over the next several years.

“To ensure the continued reliability of our natural gas pipeline systems and service, Vectren has undertaken a program to replace essentially all of our bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure,” said Colleen Ryan, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio president. “These infrastructure enhancements are vital to meeting federal requirements and ensuring the continued safety of our system for decades to come.”

Shroyer Road, Aberdeen Avenue, Telford Avenue and Forrer Boulevard will all be affected by the work.

Vectren says In most cases, a plastic system is being installed to replace the current bare steel and cast iron gas pipeline system. First, the gas main will be replaced within the right-of-way, and then the service lines running directly to homes and businesses will be replaced. Upon completion of the project, affected yards, sidewalks and streets will be restored.

“Construction for these pipeline projects may take several weeks to complete, and times may vary based on the size of the project, weather, ground surface/soil and other situations that may arise,” said Ryan. “Please be assured that Vectren and its contractors will make every effort to complete each project as quickly as possible and minimize impact to customers and the community.”

Vectren says a representative will contact customers directly ahead of the planned replacement work to provide an overview of the required work.

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