Consumers Energy project to begin at the end of the month

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 14, 2017


EASTPOINTE — Consumers Energy will be performing natural gas pipeline work in certain parts of Eastpointe at the end of the month.

On Eastpointe’s Facebook page, the city posted Feb. 7, “Roughly 3,000 homes and businesses located in the middle of the city will be impacted by upcoming natural gas line replacements by Consumers Energy.”

The city’s Facebook post also went into further detail about the work.

“As with similar Consumers Energy work last summer, some sidewalks will be lifted and some lawns will be dug up during the process,” the city said in the post.

Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane spoke about the upcoming project.

“They tell us they’re going to do about 3,000 homes and businesses. The property is bound by a certain area from Hayes to Gratiot and Nine Mile to Stephens — that’s where the intensity of the work is going to be. They’re going to have on-and-off-again interruptions,” said Duchane.
Spokeswoman for Consumers Energy Debra Dodd explained what is expected to happen during the 2017 projects.

“Approximately 37,000 feet of 2- and 4-inch steel gas main will be replaced with 2- and 4-inch plastic main. About 1,000 residential gas service lines will also be replaced,” said Dodd.

According to Dodd, the residential gas lines are smaller lines leading from the gas main to individual homes and businesses.

The project is expected to begin Feb. 21, according to Dodd. 

“The project is expected to begin Feb. 21, and all work will be completed by the end of July,” said Dodd.

With the work expected to take place throughout the summer, the city will coordinate public services.

“We will, of course, coordinate our public services — everything from trash pickups and summer cleanups as they get going, we will work with them and coordinate around them. That’s all we know for now; a lot’s going to happen,” said Duchane. 

“They’re going to hit it pretty intensely, like they have in some other sections of Eastpointe. It’s a good time to have new services placed in Eastpointe due to the age in the previous gas lines. We actually welcome it,” he said.

Dodd also said that those affected will be contacted by Consumers Energy prior to the work being done, and “all work will be completed by Consumers Energy employees.”