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Columbia Gas to make pipline improvements along Route 51 corridor


As part of PennDOT’s upcoming roadway improvement project for Route 51, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. began $6 million in pipeline improvements on April 1.

The company will replace approximately 2,400 feet of existing steel pipe along the Route 51 corridor, within the city of Pittsburgh and Overbrook communities. Columbia’s portion of the project is expected to be completed by the end of September and will benefit approximately 24 customers.

The pipeline improvement project will involve State Route 51, Fairhaven Street, Provost Road, Ivyglen Street, Underwood Street and Stewart Avenue. Work will take place Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. with possible Saturday work. No restrictions are expected on Route 51 at this time. For a small duration of the project, night work will take place Sunday through Friday, 7 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Due to the location of the pipe being replaced, as well as the roadway and traffic conditions at this site, single lane closures and full road closures during working hours are possible. For six weeks, there will be a permanent detour around Fairhaven Road as traffic approaches from State Route 51 South.

There will be daily road closures on Provost Road between Stewart Avenue and Weyman Road for approximately two weeks. Detour signs will be clearly set in place to direct vehicles around all closures.

The construction work will require a temporary interruption of natural gas service for individual customers while their service is connected to the new gas main. Columbia will make personal contact with customers prior to temporarily interrupting service and to schedule service restoration.

For more information on Columbia’s existing infrastructure improvement projects, visit and click on Infrastructure Upgrade.


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