Nicor pipeline replacement nears end in Plainfield

Photo by Marney Simon | Enterprise Staff Crews prepare for closure of Countryman Drive along the riverfront in Plainfield. Nicor is replacing almost seven miles of natural gas pipeline through Plainfield, with work expected to wrap up soon.

By Marney Simon | Enterprise Staff

The riverfront park in Plainfield continues to be closed to vehicular traffic, as the long standing Nicor project continues throughout the village.

But, the end appears to be in site for the project that started back in February though six miles of land in Plainfield.

“We have been informed that the installation of the new pipeline has been completed. However, the restoration of several locations needs to be completed,” explained Allen Persons, Director of Public Works for Plainfield. “Specifically, the paving of Countryman Drive (near the riverfront) site grading at several locations to improve drainage, and the repaving of some of the bike path sections.”

Nicor began the natural gas pipeline replacement last winter. The utility is replacing 6.9 miles of underground pipe, from Caton Farm Road to 127th Street.

Since then, vehicular access into the riverfront from Lockport Street has been limited to construction vehicles only.

Prior to reaching Plainfield, Nicor had replaced 19 miles of pipe.

Thirteen additional miles of natural gas transmission pipeline will be replaced in neighboring communities to the south over the next few years.

Construction was anticipated to conclude by September, but has taken a little longer than expected.

At the completion of the project, Nicor Gas will restore areas impacted by our construction with new plants and new paving.

Pedestrian access to the riverfront remains open.

The Plainfield Park District has jurisdiction over most of the bike paths within the ComEd/NICOR corridor.

“We will continue to work with NICOR and the Park District to have this work completed as quickly as possible,” Persons said.


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