Gas pipeline replacement underway

Vectren gas mains and service lines are being replaced in Columbus as part of a multi-year program across Indiana.

Streets affected during the first project, now underway, include California and Union streets between 19th and 25th streets, according to Vectren. The work is part of the company’s program to replace about 1,300 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure throughout the state.

Columbus is one of nearly 75 cities going through the pipeline replacement.

Nearly $3.6 million will go toward retiring nearly five miles of gas main and more than 400 service lines this year, according to Vectren, which plans to retire a total of 33 miles in Columbus over the next several years.

“These infrastructure enhancements are vital to meeting federal requirements and ensuring the continued safety of our system for decades to come,” said Mike Roeder, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana-North president.

A second project where work is planned includes Sixth and Union streets.

Construction may take several weeks to complete, with times varying depending on the project, weather and ground surface/soil and other factors, Roeder said.

On the Web

An interactive map where construction will take place in Columbus can be found at

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or