Columbia Gas begins replacing gas lines in Salem

Salem City Council is examining a plan to increase building inspections in the city.


SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – Columbia Gas has started replacing natural gas lines in the city as part of a $2 billion project to improve Columbia’s gas lines across the state.

The gas company met with neighbors at City Hall on Thursday to answer questions. Columbia Gas said it is spending $1.6 million for new gas lines on streets southeast of downtown Salem.

This map includes areas where Columbia Gas will be replacing natural gas lines in Salem.
This map includes areas where Columbia Gas will be replacing natural gas lines in Salem.

“We’re looking at pipes that, over time, have corroded, might have leakage issues, things like that. So in this area, we’re installing all new plastic that has much longer useful life and, actually over time, will be cheaper for us to maintain,” said Columbia Gas spokesperson Corinne Gleckler.

Columbia Gas has started the work already and plans to be finished by June. Columbia says it will affect 300 customers just southeast of downtown Salem, near Reilly Elementary School.

More information on the project can be found on Columbia Gas’s website.

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