Pipeline replacement project begins 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 by fall.

Staff Report

A project to replace nearly seven miles of underground natural gas pipeline recently began throughout Plainfield.

Nicor is replacing 6.9 miles of underground pipe, from Caton Farm Road to 127th Street.

Staging work began last week, with work kicking off this week, including installation of erosion control measures and stabilizing access points along roadways.

Trucks will enter and leave the access points during construction, and some sidewalks within work areas may need to be temporarily closed to complete the improvements.

Work kicked off earlier this week along Countryman Drive, at the riverfront access point on Lockport Street.

Vehicular access into the riverfront from Lockport Street will be limited to construction vehicles only.

Pedestrian access to the riverfront will remain open.

During the replacement, residential property, including swing sets, gardens, and sheds, need to be removed from the ComEd right-of-way.

Already along the pipeline, 19 miles of pipe have been replaced. Thirteen additional miles of natural gas transmission pipeline will be replaced in neighboring communities to the south over the next few years.

Construction is anticipated to conclude by September 2017.

Nicor Gas customers will continue to receive natural gas service during the construction period, and this project will not cause service interruptions.

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

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