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Columbia Gas upgrades pipeline under Maumee River

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Columbia Gas has officially kicked off a project that will upgrade the natural gas pipeline in northwest Ohio.

The pipeline will run underneath the Maumee River, from Maumee to Perrysburg. The project has been in the planning stages for more than five years. The pipeline will transport natural gas across the river to homes and businesses in Maumee, Perrysburg and parts of south Toledo.

River Road in Perrysburg is partially closed while crews work to upgrade the existing 12-inch bare steel pipeline with the new 20-inch coated steel line.

"We want to make sure we can provide the natural gas to people when they need it, both on the Perrysburg side (of the river) as well as the Maumee side," said Chris Kozak, a Columbia Gas representative. "This also provides a great safety net if we have another extreme weather condition like we had this past winter."

The pipeline is 5,300 feet total, with 2,000 feet running beneath the Maumee River. Due to the scope of the project, Kozak says this is a once-in-a-generation project.

"We've been dealing with large-scale pipe, which we don't normally replace and upgrade," he said. "It's been five years in the making to get to this point, now the hard part starts."

Archeologists will also be on site during the project because of the area's historical significance.

"We want to make sure that anything we come across, be it cannonballs, arrowheads, muskets or whatever – we want to properly excavate that," Kozak said.

Some residents may see crews on or near their property, but Kozak says the project shouldn't affect their gas supply. The project won't interfere with boaters and fishers on the river, either.

The project costs a total of $7.5 million and is expected to be complete by October.

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