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Nicor to replace gas lines in Oak Lawn

Updated: September 15, 2014 5:33PM



Nicor is changing from copper to plastic the natural gas lines that run from the gas main to the meters of homes and businesses throughout Oak Lawn.

Joe DelReal, manager of communications for Nicor, told the village board Tuesday night that 1,600 lines are slated for replacement in the village, with 450 being done this year.

Residents getting new lines will soon be informed about the project, which will briefly interrupt gas service and will include a free safety inspection and restoration of any landscaping, DelReal said.

“Nicor Gas crews are approximately three to four (in number) and have identification,” he said, adding that crews may need to gain access inside a home or business during the replacement work.

Village manager Larry Deetjen asked that Nicor provide his office with detailed plans before the work starts.

“With upgrading of our own water and sewer lines, we need a commitment upfront that Nicor understands the responsibility to (seek) permits a year in advance so we don’t end up repaving streets and you return to dig the street up the following year,” Deetjen said.

DelReal said that won’t be a problem, and Nicor will submit plans as soon as they are finalized.

If residents are not home when workers are present, “we’ll leave a blue tag with a toll-free 24-hour number, and we’ll send out an operations mechanic to relight the gas appliances that have been interrupted and perform a safety inspection at that time,” he said.

He asked that property owners tell crews about yard lights, sprinkler systems, invisible dog fences and any underground lines before work begins. Owners will be asked, if possible, to use spray paint, stakes or signs to designate where such installations are located.

“Our landscape company will fix anything that may be damaged,” DelReal said, including replacing any damaged grass with sod.

Maps of areas where the work will occur this year will soon be posted on the village’s website. The 4th and 6th districts are expected to be worked on first, Trustee Terry Vorderer (4th) said.



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