Replacing and upgrading your gas lines

We may be upgrading the natural gas lines in your neighborhood. This work will lead to long-term benefits for you including:

  • Enhanced safety features
  • Reliability of service for years to come
  • Less future maintenance work in your neighborhood
  • System support for amenities like fire pits, outdoor grills, pool heaters

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There are many different kinds of companies providing services related to natural gas. Here's where we fit in at Columbia Gas. It's our responsibility to deliver natural gas to warm your home, heat your water and cook your food. And to maintain the gas lines used to deliver that gas to your home or business. In order to deliver natural gas to the many homes, schools, hospitals, stores, business and factories in your community - and across the state - we have thousands of miles of gas lines in our system.

These natural gas lines are an essential part of our modern-day infrastructure and, as with other types of infrastructure like roads, damns and bridges, deterioration occurs over time and repairs or replacement are eventually needed. For many natural gas lines, that time is now. The old gas lines installed in your neighborhood generations ago served us well, but they are now ready to be retired.

That's why we launched an ambitious natural gas line replacement program. If we do nothing, the cost to maintain and repair these older gas lines will be higher than the cost to replace them. That wouldn't make sense, so we're taking proactive steps now to reduce costs to customers. Thanks to advancements in technology since those old gas lines were first put into service, we now install specially designed, long-lasting lines more suited for underground use. They contract and expand with shifting temperature and bend to the contour of the earth around them. As a result, these new gas lines will not only last longer, but will also require less maintenance. All of which saves money and allows us to maintain the safe, reliable and efficient natural gas delivery service you currently rely on each day.

As with any infrastructure improvement project, upgrading our natural gas delivery system may result in temporary inconveniences while work is underway. If work is underway in your area, we thank you for your patience and ask you to keep the long-term benefits in mind. You will receive notification through a letter, and either a door hanger or personal visit from a Columbia Gas employee or contractor well before any work on or near your property begins. When you see the flags and paint markings identifying the locations of underground gas lines and other utility lines, it's likely work will begin soon.

We often use innovative line replacement techniques to limit the amount of digging required. When upgrading your service line, we may relocate your gas meter outdoors if it's currently inside your home. Our goal is always to keep any service interruption to a minimum. You'll be notified in advance of any temporary service interruption, which typically lasts only several hours. Care and caution are taken throughout the entire process, ensuring your safety and limiting any inconvenience.

After a natural gas line is replaced, we completely restore the area to its original or better condition. We do our best to coordinate our natural gas replacement work with other infrastructure projects to minimize inconvenience. Public property, like streets and sidewalks, is rebuilt to local government requirements. Restoration may include new sidewalks, freshly paved roads and Americans with Disabilities Act compliant curbs, depending on the location of the project and local ordinances.

At Columbia Gas, we see our natural gas line replacement program as an investment in the communities we serve. The upgrades we're doing now are part of our ongoing commitment to reliably deliver your natural gas, safely and efficiently, for generations to come.


Find a project near you

Projects are planned across our state. To learn more about key projects in your area, click on the areas below.

Central Pennsylvania

Adams County

City/municipality: New Oxford

Project name: Carlisle Pike

Start date: April 2019

End date: August 2019

Streets affected: York Road, Carlisle Pike, Little Avenue, Progress Avenue, and Enterprise Drive

York County

City/municipality: Dover

Project name: Dover Park Relocation

Start date: April 2019

End date: TBD

Streets affected: Municipal Road, W Canal Road, W Canal Street, S Reservoir Drive, Mill Alley, Intermediate Avenue, Park Street, S Main Street

City/municipality: Hanover

Project name: West Hanover Street

Start date: February 2019

End date: End of Summer 2019

Streets affected: Hanover Street, Centennial Avenue, Eichelberger Avenue, Second Avenue, Fleming Avenue, and Forney Avenue

Project name: McAllister Street

Start date: January 2019

End date: June 2019

Streets affected: McAllister Street, Granger Street, Mt. Royal Avenue, and Wirt Avenue

Project name: Forry Avenue

Start date: January 2019

End date: June 2019

Streets affected: Baer Avenue, Forry Avenue, Fulton Street, Jeremy Drive, Edward Street, Mussetta Drive, and Spring Avenue

City/municipality: West Manchester

Project name: Altland Avenue

Start date: April 2019

End date: TBD

Streets affected: Altland Avenue, N Diamond Street, N Clinton Street, Small Street, and N. Sumner Street 

City/municipality: York

Project name: West Princess Street

Start date: February 2019

End date: December 2019

Streets affected: W. Princess Street, S. Adams Street, and S. Highland Avenue

Project name: Knoll Lane

Start date: January 2019

End date: TBD

Streets affected: Knoll Lane, Clearbrook Boulevard, W Locust Lane, East Locust Lane, N. George Street, and Hayshire Drive

Project name: Oat Man Street

Start date: January 2019

End date: July 2019

Streets affected: June Street, Priority Road, Oat Man Street, Conewago Avenue, Chanceford Avenue, and Carl Street

Project name: Gas & Pine

Start date: September 2019

End date: January 2020

Streets affectedChestnut Street, Franklin Way, Walnut Street, E. Gas Avenue, N. Pine Street, Painter Avenue, and Wallace Street

Northwestern Pennsylvania

McKean County

City/municipality: City of Bradford, McKean County

Project name: West Corydon Street

Start date: early April

End date: early fall

Streets affected: Congress Street, Collins Court, Elm Street, Potter Street, South Avenue, Tibbitts Avenue, West Corydon Street

Warren County

Western Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

City/municipality: Mt. Lebanon

Project name: Seminole Drive

Start date: late June

End date: late November

Streets affected: Seminole Drive and Forest Glen Drive

Project name: Sunnyhill Drive

Start date: early January

End date: late summer

Streets affected: Sunnyhill Drive and Seminole Drive

Project name: Arden Road & Marlin Drive East

Start date: late September

End date: late November

Streets affectedArden Road and Marlin Drive East

Project name: Royce Avenue

Start date: mid-January

End date: April 2019

Streets affected: Royce Avenue and Cochran Road


City/municipality: Stowe Township

Project name: Russellwood Avenue and 9th Street

Start date: mid-February

End date: late summer

Streets affected: Russellwood Avenue, Knox Street, 9th Street, 11th Street and Hober Avenue


Project name
: McCoy Relocation

Start date: early March

End date: late summer

Streets affectedMcCoy Road


Project name
: Coles Street Relocation
Start date: late January
End date: mid-summer
Streets affectedNeville Avenue, State Route 51/Island Avenue/Robinson Boulevard, Walther Street, Coles Row

City/municipality: Pittsburgh, Beechview neighborhood

Project name: Sebring Avenue

Start date: late February

End date: late 2019

Streets affected: Sebring Avenue


Project name: Fallowfield Avenue

Start date: early July

End date: late fall

Streets affectedFallowfield Avenue, Bayonne Avenue

Project name: Tropical Replacement

Start date: late March

End date: early winter

Streets affected: : Crane Avenue, Dagmar Avenue, Gladys Avenue, Hollyford Place, Shadycrest Court, Shadycrest Drive, Shadycrest Place, Shadycrest Road, Shadygrove Avenue, Shadyview Place, and Tropical Avenue


City/municipality: Pittsburgh, Arlington neighborhood

Project name: Fernleaf Replacement

Start date: late March

End date: early fall

Streets affectedFernleaf Street, Jonquil Street, Mountain Avenue, Parkwood Road, Sur Way, and Wenke Street


City/municipality: Pittsburgh, Carrick Neighborhood

Project name: Linnview Replacement

Start date: early May

End date: late 2019

Streets affected: Birmingham Avenue, Lacona Street, Laughlin Avenue, Linnview Avenue, Parallel Avenue, Transverse Avenue, and Triana Street


City/municipality: Coraopolis Borough

Project name: Watson Street

Start date: early March

End date: late summer

Streets affected: Fawcett Circle, Fawcett Street, Hiland Avenue, Kable Way and Watson Street


City/municipality: Castle Shannon

Project name: Hoodridge

Start date: mid-May

End date: fall

Streets affected: Mt. Lebanon Boulevard, Hoodridge Drive, Cooke Drive, and Bockstoce Avenue


City/municipality: Bethel Park

Project name: Baptist Replacement Phase 2

Start date: late July

End date: late fall

Streets affected: Library Road (SR 88)

City/municipality: Collier Township
Project name: Mayer Street
Start date: late September
End date: late 2019
Streets affected: Mayer Street and Beram Avenue

City/municipality: Clairton

Project name: Waddell Avenue

Start date: early October

End date: spring 2020

Streets affectedWaddell Ave, Ninth Street, Tenth Street, Chestnut Alley and Mulberry Alley


Project name
: Davis Avenue

Start date: early April

End date: late summer 2020

Streets affectedDavis Avenue, Horton Avenue, Miller Avenue and School Street

 

Beaver County

City/municipality: Chippewa Township

Project name: Shenango Road

Start date: early January

End date: late summer

Streets affectedBraun Road, Chestnut Ridge Drive, Darlington Alley, Gilliland Avenue, McLanahan Drive, Ray Street and Shenango Road

City/municipality: Harmony Township

Project name: Oak Street

Start date: mid-October

End date: early 2020

Streets affected: Cedar Avenue, Elmer Street, Norwood Avenue, Oak Street and Ridge Road

Fayette County

City/municipality: Connellsville

Project name: Cochran Road

Start date: January 2019

End date: March 2019

Streets affected: Wills Road, Cochran Road and Young Road

City/municipality: Uniontown

Project name: Apple Street

Start date: January 2019

End date: April 2019

Streets affected: Apple Street, Liberty Street, BB Alley, Ridge Street, Fairview Street and Bierer Avenue

City/municipality: Vanderbilt Borough

Project name: Greenfield Street

Start date: January 2019

End date: March 2019

Streets affected: Greenfield Street, Fairview Street, Cherry Avenue, Sycamore Avenue and Oak Street

Greene County

Lawrence County

City/municipality: New Castle

Project name: Hamilton Street

Start date: early January

End date: late summer

Streets affected: Electric Street, Galbreath Street, Grimes Street, Hamilton Street, Long Avenue, Lyndal Street, Sycamore Street and Waldo Street

Project name: Neshannock Boulevard

Start date: early January

End date: late summer

Streets affected: Boyles Avenue, Circle Boulevard, Delaware Avenue, Laurel Avenue, Neshannock Boulevard and Park Avenue

Somerset County

City/municipality: Berlin Borough

Project name: Main Street

Start date: Early June 2019

End date: Late Fall 2019

Streets affectedMain Street, Stadium Street, 13th Avenue, Hay Street and Allegheny Street


City/municipality: Salisbury Borough

Project name: Gay Street

Start date: Early June 2019

End date: Late Fall 2019

Streets affectedEngles Mill Road, Ord Street, Gay Street, Corliss Street, Rock Street, J Alley and Grant Street

Washington County

City/municipality: North Strabane Township

Project name: SR 519 Relocation

Start date: mid-January

End date: Work on this project is in conjunction with PennDOT. The end date is dependent on PennDOT.

Streets affected: State Route 519/Hill Church Houston Road and Carol Drive


City/municipality: Peters Township

Project name: Thompsonville Phase I

Start date: mid-March

End date: summer

Streets affected: Bradford Cove, Country Brook Drive, Crabtree Court, Fife
Farm Lane, Pin Oak Court, Snowberry Circle, Southvue Court, and
Thompsonville Road


Project Name:
D-36 Phase 2 Replacement

Start date: late March

End date: late summer

Streets affected: Holt Lane, McConnell Drive, McDowell Lane, Washington
Road/SR 19, and Waterside Drive


City/municipality: City of Washington

Project Name: East Maiden Street

Start date: mid-June

End date: late 2019

Streets affected: Guinn Drive, Hawthorne Street, High Street, Lyman Avenue, East Maiden Street, Manse Street, McCoy Lane, Migyanko Lane, Morris Street, Nassar Avenue, Northview Court, Oakhill Drive, Parkview Drive, Pierce Street, Statement Street, Streator Avenue, Summit Avenue, Vance Station Road, Waynesburg Road, and Willow Drive

City/municipality: Avella

Project Name: Cross Creek

Start date: mid-June

End date: Late 2019

Streets affectedAvella 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

Westmoreland County

City/municipality: North Huntingdon Township

Project name: Carlson Drive

Start date: January 2019

End date: April 2019

Streets affectedCarlson Drive and Airview Drive

Project name: Clay Pike

Start date: January 2019

End date: TBD

Streets affected: Clay Pike, Maus Drive, Buttermilk Hollow Rd, Mockingbird Drive, Three Springs Rd, McKee Rd, Guffey Rd, Hillview Dr, and Main Street

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Here are frequently asked questions we receive about our work.

I'm not a customer; will my home or business be affected?

If you receive communication from us about a project in your area, your home or business may be impacted by construction activity in your area.

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How do I know everything will be restored to its existing condition?

At the start of the project, we document your property’s current state. We may even capture photos or video footage.

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Will you block my street or driveway?

We may temporarily block access to an entire street, lane or even a driveway. If you need access to your driveway, let our crews know. When it is safe to do so, they will accommodate your request. Most of our digging will be in the grassy part of the public right-of-way and yards, but often our equipment is in the street while we are working. We will work with neighborhoods to minimize road closures and blockages, but please be alert and use caution around our work zones.

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Will I have to pay extra for this project?

No, you won’t have to pay specifically for this improvement project in your neighborhood. The cost of building, maintaining and upgrading our gas line system is shared by all customers and is part of your monthly bill.

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When and how long will my gas be turned off?

Your gas service will be temporarily turned off when we come to work on your meter. If your meter is already outside, your gas service may still be turned off when we connect your service line to the gas main line. This outage will be brief, usually between 2–4 hours. Once we’re done, we will need to get back inside your home or business so we can perform a safety check of your natural gas appliances and inside gas lines, turn on your gas and relight your appliances. Note: Someone 18 years or older must be at your home or business and pets must be secured when we’re there to work on your meter and turn your gas back on.

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How will this project impact my historic neighborhood?

We will coordinate with local historic preservation officials so that our work complies with local guidelines, restrictions and permitting requirements.

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Why are you replacing the natural gas lines in my neighborhood?

We're committed to providing safe and reliable service at your home or business. While the current system has performed well, it’s time to replace the natural gas lines with newer materials that will serve your community for many years to come.

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What can I expect?

You will first notice our representatives conducting preliminary work to ensure that pipelines are installed in the least invasive way possible. This will include locating and marking all underground utilities, such as water and cable. Next, we usually replace or add main lines along a street or right-of-way. We then construct service lines that connect the mains to homes or businesses. As a safety measure, we may also replace older indoor gas meters with new outdoor meters.

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Will my gas service be interrupted?

Your gas service may be briefly interrupted by this work. If so, we will contact you to schedule the work and make arrangements to test your house lines, perform a safety check and re-establish your service.

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During what time of day will work usually take place?

Construction will primarily take place from about 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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How can I identify your employees and contractors?

All our employees and contractors can be identified by marked vehicles. They also carry a photo ID.

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Will you need to dig up my yard, sidewalk or driveway, and if you do, who’s going to fix it?

Because all natural gas pipelines are buried, some digging will be necessary. We will try to minimize the amount of digging required. If we disturb your yard, sidewalk and/or driveway, we will repair affected areas as soon as weather permits. Initial restoration, such as leveling of surfaces, will be completed as the project progresses.

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How long will this take?

Many factors, including weather, can impact the construction schedule for our projects. Our goal is to complete these projects in a timely manner and minimize your inconvenience.

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How will I be notified when you need to get inside my home or business?

Yes, once we’re in that phase of the project, we will contact you to discuss the required work inside your home or business. If you aren’t available at that time, a door tag will be left with contact information to schedule an appointment.

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Have an emergency?

If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, have carbon monoxide symptoms or have some other emergency situation, go outside and call 911 and then call us at 1-888-460-4332.