Gas pipeline upgrades underway in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON — Contract crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery have begun replacing gas mains and service lines in Wilmington as part of the company’s pipeline replacement program, which is a multi-year program to replace about 700 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure throughout Ohio.

In Wilmington, nearly $790,000 will go toward retiring nearly 1.5 miles of gas main and nearly 140 service lines in 2017, the company stated in a press release Monday. Since 2009, nearly 1.5 miles have been retired within the city. Vectren intends to retire a total of 14 miles in Wilmington 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.”

Streets affected during the project include: Lorish Avenue, Lincoln Street, N. South Street, A Street, B Street, S. South Street, Kentucky Avenue, Michigan Avenue, Ohio Avenue, New York, Avenue and Indiana Avenue. Additional pipeline replacement work will occur on Walnut Avenue.

Visit the Active Projects tab on to view an interactive map displaying all streets in Wilmington where construction will take place in 2017.

In most cases, a polyethylene (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.”

Prior to service replacement, a Vectren representative will contact customers to provide an overview of the required work. Vectren reminds Wilmington residents to please keep the following in mind:

Please exercise caution when driving through the construction zones. Vectren urges residents and their children to keep a safe distance away from any work zones.

Wilmington is one of more than 40 cities in Ohio undergoing this type of pipeline replacement. For more information about the program, visit

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