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Natural gas customers in Avella, Washington County, will soon benefit from a Columbia Gas gas pipeline replacement project that will ensure the delivery of safe, reliable, and efficient natural gas to them for years to come.

Starting in mid-June, Columbia Gas will replace approximately 20,700 feet of underground pipe along Avella Road, Brown Street, Browntown Road, Campbell Drive, Campbell Street, Cross Creek Road, Donahoe Street, Gardner Street, Highland Avenue, Highland Avenue Extension, Hillside Way, Independence Road, Ivy Street, Maple Avenue, Meadowcroft Road, Morningside Drive, School Court, Seneca Place, Short Street, Taylor Street, Wabash Avenue, and Wilson Avenue.

Work is expected to last through the end of 2019, weather permitting, and will take place Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the possibility of Saturday work. Temporary lane restrictions during working hours are also possible.

The construction work may require a temporary interruption of natural gas service for individual customers, while their service is transferred to the new pipe. Columbia Gas will personally contact these customers prior to shutting off service and to schedule service restoration. Customers with indoor meters will also have their meters relocated to the outside of the premises. This work will be completed at no additional cost to the customer.

All company and contract employees carry photo ID badges identifying them as Columbia Gas employees or contractors. Customers are encouraged to ask for ID before allowing anyone into their home, or they can call 1-888-460-4332 for Columbia Gas employee verification.

Motorists traveling through Columbia Gas work zones should exercise caution and be prepared for slowed or temporarily stopped traffic during working hours. Motorists should keep a safe distance between vehicles, reduce speed in work zones, and obey flaggers and all posted signs, including detours and parking restrictions.

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