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NIPSCO gas line project on Furnessville Road

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The nearly two miles of Furnessville Road in unincorporated Westchester Township went under the knife last week, as NIPSCO commenced work on a natural-gas pipeline replacement project.

Some 9,000 feet of 22-inch pipeline is being replaced with a 24-inch line “to better serve the growing population,” NIPSCO spokesperson Megan Henning told the Chesterton Tribune on Wednesday.

The project is part of the seven-year natural-gas infrastructure modernization effort begun by NIPSCO several years ago and is expected to take six weeks to complete.

Furnessville Road--otherwise known as C.R. 1500N between U.S. Highway 12 and U.S. Highway 20--remains open to residents, who “will have access at all times to travel in and out,” Henning said.

Construction began at the west end of Furnessville Road--which has been closed to through-traffic--and will gradually move east, Henning said. The pipeline itself is located roughly four feet underground and runs between the middle of the roadway and the south edge.

Furnessville Road is owned by the National Park Service, which approved excavation, Henning noted, and following the installation of the new pipeline the roadway will be fully restored and re-paved.


Posted 6/28/2018




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