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Ameren Illinois unveils $55 million, two-year natural gas transmission pipeline upgrade near Belleville

amerennaturalgaspipelineAmeren Illinois plans to rebuild a natural gas transmission pipeline near Belleville, a two-year project that will start in 2019 and modernize the energy delivery system throughout Central and Southern Illinois,

The plan announced Thursday calls for the company to replace approximately 12 miles of vintage steel gas transmission pipeline from the 1950s with new, 16-inch steel pipeline. The total investment in the project is approximately $55 million.

• Phase 1 – Crews will replace six miles of pipeline from Green Mount Road to Frank Scott Parkway. The project is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019.
• Phase 2 – Set to begin in 2020, nearly six miles of pipeline from Frank Scott Parkway/Concordia Church Road northwest to Illinois Route 13 will be upgraded.

Customers in the following communities will benefit from this upgrade – Belleville, Swansea, Millstadt, Smithton, Hecker, Freeburg, New Athens, Fayetteville, St. Libory, Lenzburg, Marissa, Tilden, Coulterville and Sparta.

“The upgrades are part of our overall statewide plan to upgrade and improve our natural gas system,” said Richard Mark, chairman and president, Ameren Illinois. “With these enhancements, Ameren Illinois is taking proactive steps to prepare for the future needs of our natural gas customers. We’re excited to bring these enhancements to our customers in Belleville and St. Clair County.”

As required by law, Ameren Illinois will call JULIE (8-1-1) prior to starting work so crews can dig safely. Customers will see paint marks and colored flags in yards and along the road to mark the location of underground utilities.

PHOTO: Starting in mid-April 2019, Ameren Illinois crews will begin replacement of approximately six miles of 14-inch natural gas transmission pipeline that was placed in-service in the 1950s from Green Mount Road to Frank Scott Parkway. Crews will be upgrading the pipeline to 16-inch steel, similar to the pipeline in this photo. Once this phase of the project is completed, work will begin in 2020 to replace nearly six additional miles from Frank Scott Parkway/Concordia Church Road to Illinois Route 13.

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