Ameren Illinois To Continue Natural Gas Upgrades in Macomb

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MACOMB, IL – Ameren Illinois announced that they have awarded the job of replacing steel pipeline and natural gas services with modern corrosion-resistant polyethylene materials to InterCon Construction.

Throughout the spring and summer months, InterCon crews will upgrade nearly two miles of natural gas pipeline from the 1960s and approximately 110 individual customers natural gas services, with the occurring in the northwest part of Macomb.

All work should be completed by early August, weather pending.

  • Phase 1 – Construction will begin work in May. Work will be done on University Drive, West Kurlene Drive, Penny Lane, and the south portion of Jana Road.
  • Phase 2 – Crews will begin work in June. Work will be done on the north portion of Jana Road and along Hickory Bow.

As the projects are in process, a brief interruption of natural gas service will be required while switching individual services over to their new services just before the work is completed. Ameren Illinois has said they will relight natural gas appliances for any customer who requests it. If a customer is not home at the time of the service interruption, they can call 1-800-755-5000 to schedule a convenient time for the company to relight natural gas appliances, at no charge.

“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 Langston Rose, Region Director of Gas Operations. “Many customers think of Ameren Illinois as an electric company, but we also provide very reliable natural gas service to Macomb. We have seven full-time natural gas professionals in Macomb who maintain the system; respond to gas leaks free of charge, 24/7; install new services; and perform construction projects”

Ameren Illinois is asking motorists driving through these local neighborhoods to be mindful of the trucks moving and employees working near the streets and to slow down in the work zone.

“We need everyone’s help when it comes to work zone safety in these neighborhoods and on every route where workers are present,” said Karen Boulanger, Director of Safety for Ameren Illinois. “The signs and cones create their protected work area. Please slow down as you drive on these local streets and pay attention. Our co-workers want to return home safely at the end of the day.”

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