LIMA — A large chunk of Lima west of downtown will be dotted with orange cones and construction crews this fall as Dominion Energy rips up the streets and sidewalks to replace roughly 15,000 feet of steel piping with a plastic alternative.
Construction is expected to begin later this week after Dominion is able to locate and identify other underground systems in order to avoid potential damages.
Up until the start of winter, many of the roads in that area will feature closed lanes and slowed traffic. External Affairs Manager Peggy Ehora acknowledged the inconvenience and asked the drivers slow down while traveling through the area in order to keep Dominion employees safe.
“One of the most important things we talk about is safety first,” Ehora said.
The project extends west of Jameson Avenue to Glenwood Avenue and south of High Street to Spring Street.
The new system will also require cooperation from 204 property owners as Dominion Energy employees will need access to building interiors in order to pull basement meters and replace them with outside units that will connect directly to the new lines.
Currently, Dominion reads meters every three years, and Ehora said external access to them should better convenience both property owners and Dominion employees when it comes time to read the meters.
Any employees who desire entrance to a building’s interior meters will have clearly marked badges identifying technicians as employees of Dominion.
The current line pipes lay under city roads, but the new lines will be installed underneath the sidewalks in order to increase the safety of employees and drivers should the lines need any future repairs.
Ehora said any torn up sidewalks will be replaced by 2019, and the soft work, or landscaping, will be put back in place a few months later in the spring to coincide with warmer weather.
“We want people to not get alarmed,” Ehora said. “We will be back to finish the project.”
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.