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
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.
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.
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.
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.