Alta Gas line re­place­ment project on sched­ule

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

De­spite a rainy con­struc­tion sea­son, nat­u­ral gas line re­place­ment projects un­der­taken by Al­taGas in Drumheller are pro­ceed­ing on sched­ule.

All sum­mer, crews have been on the ground re­plac­ing older metal gas line in­fra­struc­ture with mod­ern poly lines. Pres­i­dent of Al­taGas Greg John­ston ex­plains that it has been a busy sum­mer in the val­ley.

“We are still on track for an Oc­to­ber com­ple­tion,” he says. “There are five projects go­ing on in Drumheller right now.”

John­ston ex­plains that Area 1: North of 3rd Ave. East and East of 1st Street, Area 2: Be­tween 2nd Street East and 3rd Street East and North of Rail­way Ave West and Area 4: Be­tween 9th Street West and 5th Street West and North of 3rd Ave. West are com­plete with the ex­cep­tion of clean up and ad­dress­ing de­fi­cien­cies.

Area 3: Be­tween 3rd Street South­west and 1st Street South­west and be­tween 8th Ave. South­west and Rail­way Ave. West slated to be com­pleted in mid Septem­ber. Area 5 Rail­way Ave. East and River­side Ave. East and be­tween 3rd Ave. East and 10th Ave. East is slated for the end of Oc­to­ber.

“It has to be done, and you have to try and do it in mea­sured amounts. We have been work­ing with the town to iden­tify where they are do­ing paving and we know what roads we can work on what time pe­ri­ods,” he said. “As much as I would like to snap my fin­gers and have it all done in one year, we would have the whole town torn apart.”

“We have been at it in Drumheller for a num­ber of years, but I think this year wraps it up.”

John­ston says the project is sim­ply to re­place old and ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture that dates back to the 1950’s. Al­taGas is not alone in need­ing to com­plete th­ese kinds of projects.

‘It’s not just nat­u­ral gas in­fra­struc­ture either. This is some­thing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties face chal­lenges with water and sewer lines, side­walk and roads, they all age. For the most part gas and sewer and water lines go un­no­ticed and no one wor­ries much about them un­til they have to be re­placed or re­paired. We have done sim­i­lar work in most of the com­mu­ni­ties we serve through­out the prov­ince.”

De­spite the rain, Al­taGas’s project to re­place ag­ing gas de­liv­ery in­fra­struc­ture ap­pears to be on sched­ule.

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