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Pipeline being replaced

8/29/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Shown above is the area in New Franklin where a section of a natural gas pipeline will be replaced.
Graphic courtesy of city of New Franklin
NEW FRANKLIN — A section of the pipeline that suffered a rupture July 22 in New Franklin and caused road closures and temporary evacuations of residents in the immediate area of West Nimisila and Dailey roads is being replaced.

Mayor Al Bollas made the announcement at the Aug. 21 New Franklin City Council meeting, telling those in attendance he had recently received a letter of construction notice from Dominion East Ohio Gas company attorneys of the decision.

According to that letter, Dominion will replace 4,400 feet of the existing pipeline with a 12-inch coated high-pressure steel pipeline. The section to be replaced runs from the Kleckner Station located near 425 W. Caston Road to 1,200 feet east of Dailey Road and 1,700 feet south of Center Road.

The new gas main is designed for or capable of transporting gas or natural gas at pressures in excess of 125 pounds per square inch and is not greater than 1 mile in length, according to the letter. The new line is needed to reduce the restrictions and backpressure between the wells and the Kleckner Station, and would allow for increased volumes of gas to flow to Kleckner Station.

Bollas reported company officials plan to lift out the old pipe and lay the new pipe in its place, following an existing Dominion easement, and tie the new pipes into existing storage lines.

Dominion officials said the new high-pressure gas main is expected to cost $1.4 million. The work, which will include minor tree clearing, is tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 1, with an in-service date proposed for or around Nov. 15.

No official cause of the gas line rupture was included in the letter. A section of that line, built in 1957, was taken for analysis to an independent third party, with results to go to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, according to Dominion officials.

The letter has been posted on the city’s website at www.newfranklin.org.

Also at the meeting, Bollas discussed the purchase of land on Renninger Road to construct a retention basin to control storm water flooding. Bollas said they are working on options to purchase land and engineering designs for the project.

He also stated work on the state Route 619/Manchester Road intersection widening project that will add left-turn lanes in each direction is nearing completion. Bollas said construction workers are waiting on cross bars for the new traffic lights, and then road striping will take place.

In other roadwork updates, Bollas said initial work on the South Turkeyfoot Road/Point Comfort realignment project has begun. That project will result in some road restrictions and is expected to start in earnest after Labor Day.

In other business during the meeting, Council adopted three items on first reading:

  • authorization for the New Franklin Fire Department to apply for a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant to pay for six part-time firefighters/EMTs to create one new position for a two-year period;
  • authorization to pay $21,548 to M&M Electrical Contractors for the construction and installation of the Grove Road Radio Tower as part of a shared project with Barberton and Clinton using a $94,937 grant, with the payment to apply to New Franklin’s share of the cost; and
  • an agreement to cooperate with the Ohio Department of Transportation in the state Route 619 guardrail upgrade project, at no cost to the city.

This meeting is available online for viewing at www.newfranklin.org, and a DVD copy of the meeting is available for a small fee at City Hall, 5611 Manchester Road.

The next regular Council meeting will take place at City Hall Sept. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. with public hearings on two proposed changes, including Zoning Code Section 600.03 (F), regarding compliance with building and health code regulations, and 600.03, Article 14, regarding accessory buildings. The regular meeting will follow.

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