Ameren Upgrading Natural Gas Pipeline in Illinois

Ameren Illinois customers in Champaign will see energy at work throughout the spring and summer as crews replace vintage steel pipeline and natural gas services with modern, corrosion-resistant polyethylene material.

Starting this month, crews working on behalf of Ameren Illinois will begin to replace approximately 11 miles of natural gas pipeline and approximately 900 individual customers' natural gas services. All the work in town for this $6.7 million project should be completed by December, weather pending.

"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 Colby Sawin, Director of East Gas Operations. "We have more than 20 full-time natural gas employees in Champaign-Urbana who maintain the system; respond to gas leaks free of charge, 24/7; install new services; and perform construction projects."

The upgrades will occur on the west and southwest side of Champaign between Duncan Road and Mattis Avenue from Kirby Avenue at the south to the Interstate 72 westbound lane at the north.

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