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Consumers are replacing old gas lines across Midland

Consumers Energy is carrying out work on the gas lines across Midland which will continue until late autumn.

The utility company is working to replace old gas pipes and lines in the city, aiming to complete the project by mid-November. Many of the city’s sidewalks and streets await restoration as work continues.

Consumers Energy’s senior director of public information, Terry DeDoes, said many gas lines in Midland were installed before 1955. Consumers will replace 24 miles of gas lines — lines that carry natural gas in city ​​streets — and 2,233 residential gas lines, which connect homes to the main ones.

“It’s about upgrading and improving the system,” DeDoes said. “You (will) see an improvement in reliability and security.”

The project began in January as part of Consumers Energy’s Enhanced Infrastructure Replacement Program. Current trunk and line work is underway on portions of Jefferson Avenue, St. Andrews Road, Rodd Street, Sugnet Road and Bayliss Street. Future work will be carried out on portions of Ashman Street, Swede Avenue and North Saginaw Road.

A link to a map highlighting the progress of the projects can be found on the consumer website, consumerenergy.com.

DeDoes said Consumers kept City of Midland construction staff updated on the status of projects as best they could.

Sidewalk, lawn and street restorations around the Midland Country Club are being restored ahead of the Great Lakes Bay Invitational Golf Tournament.

Although mid-November is the expected end date for the project, it could take longer, DeDoes said.