ROBINSON, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – Ameren Illinois customers in Robinson will see energy at work firsthand throughout the spring and summer as crews replace vintage steel pipeline and difficult-to-locate polyethylene natural gas mains and services with modern, corrosion-resistant polyethylene pipe.
Crews working on behalf of Ameren Illinois will begin in early March on the southeast side of town between King and Eaton streets from Clearwater Street at the south to Chestnut Street at the north. Approximately 10,000 feet of natural gas main and 100 individual customer gas services will be installed. The new polyethylene pipeline will have tracer wires installed alongside the piping to allow it to be located after the pipe is buried. Crews will also retire eight high-pressure services that were constructed in the 1960s.
Ameren Illinois will install a new gas regulation facility to support the new distribution system. All the work in town for this $1.4 million project should be completed by late October, weather pending.
“These proactive steps will ensure the continued safe, reliable delivery of natural gas today while preparing us to meet the future needs of our natural gas customers,” said Colby Sawin, Director East Gas Operations.
For projects in process, a brief interruption of natural gas service is required while switching individual meters over to their new services just before the work is completed. Ameren Illinois will relight natural gas appliances for any customer who requests it. If a customer is not home at the time of the service interruption, the customer may call 1 (800) 755-5000 to schedule a convenient time for the company to relight natural gas appliances, at no charge.
As required by law, Ameren Illinois will call JULIE (8-1-1) prior to starting work so crews can dig safely. Customers will see paint marks and colored flags in the neighborhoods and along the roads to mark the location of underground utilities.