Source: Star Beacon

Originally Posted on July 31st, 2019 by BRIAN HAYTCHER

work continues along route 20 on risberg pipeline

NORTH KINGSVILLE — Work continues on the Risberg natural gas pipeline, with new stretches of pipe being laid out along the north side of Route 20 in North Kingsville.

The $86 million pipeline will stretch from North Kingsville to Meadville, Pennsylvania, according to the project’s website. The project is a mix of old and new pipeline, including 12 miles of new pipeline in Ashtabula County.

A base camp for the work has been set up adjacent to Route 193 and Interstate 90.

“As a trustee I have not heard any complaints about the work being done. Risberg’s temporary headquarters at the I-90 interchange in Kingsville also has not generated any complaints,” Kingsville Trustee Jim Branch said.

The project was announced in 2017. Crews began clearing land in March, and actual construction moved into Ohio in June. The pipeline follows Interstate 90 through a section of Conneaut, before traveling north, under Route 20, to its endpoint, north of the intersection of routes 193 and 20.

“It doesn’t look like they’ve put any pipe in the ground in North Kingsville yet, but they are definitely working towards that. They’ve cleared the pathway, all the pipe is out there,” North Kingsville Mayor Timothy Zee said.

There had not been any issues with construction crews, Zee said. “They’re very meticulous with mud on the roads, and they’re very careful not to cause any problems in any way,” Zee said. “They’re doing great, and we’re looking forward to them getting that (pipeline) in the ground,” he added.

Earlier this summer, RH energytrans spokesperson Dennis Holbrook said the pipeline was on schedule to be completed by late summer, weather permitting. The pipeline could be in use as early as fall of 2019, he said.

“I think it (is) a very positive development for our area and will spur economic growth,” Branch said.

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