Rome News-Tribune

Pipeline work starts on Division Street

♦ The Charlton Street portion is slated to begin next week.

- By Olivia Morley Omorley@rn-t.com

As Atlanta Gas Light contractor­s prepare to start digging trenches for a gas pipeline running under Charlton and Division streets, their main concern is the installati­on of steel plates on the roadway.

Rome City Engineer Aaron Carroll said it all depends on the type of soil under those streets. The constructi­on workers won’t know what they’re working with until they begin digging, he said.

Based on what they’ve already done around that area for utilities, Carroll believes they’ll have to use more plates and keep them up longer than they did on Martha Berry Boulevard and Coligni Way.

They’ve already begun cutting the asphalt and digging trenches for the gas pipes on Division Street near the railroad tracks, while Charlton Street constructi­on won’t start until next week.

Carroll said they want to minimize the impact on the residents on those streets as much as possible.

AGL workers have already begun sending notices to homeowners and giving them contact informatio­n.

There will be some days where driveways are blocked

by constructi­on workers and they might have to park in their neighbors’ driveways.

However, constructi­on will only be occurring during the day, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

About 61% of the constructi­on is complete on Shorter Avenue, but Carroll said it’ll probably go on longer than anticipate­d after workers found a storm drainage box culvert near the Taco Bell. They initially didn’t realize it was there and are unsure about when work will be finished on the road.

At Ridge Ferry Park, constructi­on workers are continuing to bore under the river and hope to wrap up in

the next month and a half, when the warm weather will officially kick in.

Night work will also be starting on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Kingston Highway this week.

The pipeline project is slated to be complete by June. The gas line will span 9 miles and finish at the Internatio­nal Paper plant on Alabama Highway out in Coosa.

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 ?? Olivia Morley ?? A constructi­on worker pushes an asphalt cutter along North Division Street as Atlanta Gas Light crews move forward with the pipeline project. Below: Workers are staging equipment on Charlton Street to prepare for installing the gas line to Internatio­nal Paper starting next week.
Olivia Morley A constructi­on worker pushes an asphalt cutter along North Division Street as Atlanta Gas Light crews move forward with the pipeline project. Below: Workers are staging equipment on Charlton Street to prepare for installing the gas line to Internatio­nal Paper starting next week.
 ?? Olivia Morley ?? Constructi­on workers start slot-trenching — digging narrow trenches for the pipeline — on North Division Street on Tuesday.
Olivia Morley Constructi­on workers start slot-trenching — digging narrow trenches for the pipeline — on North Division Street on Tuesday.
 ?? Olivia Morley ?? Crews started cutting asphalt and checking the quality of the soil under North Division Street this week.
Olivia Morley Crews started cutting asphalt and checking the quality of the soil under North Division Street this week.
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Aaron Carroll

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