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Expect delays this summer as crews ‘retire’ gas pipeline in Decatur

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Expect delays this summer as crews ‘retire’ gas pipeline in Decatur


A project that will officially “retire” an old natural gas pipeline will be the source of frequent traffic delays in Decatur this summer.

Atlanta Gas Light has informed the city of Decatur that the project will start in June or July spokesperson Casie Yoder said. The old pipeline runs down Sycamore Drive, and travels west along College Avenue before jutting down South Candler Street.

AGL updated the City Commission during its April 6 meeting. Representatives from the company said as part of the “retirement” process, crews will be grouting the roads which will require digging a hole about the width of a road lane.

The company has to officially close down the line now that it has installed a new pipeline that runs from Riverdale in Clayton County to a connection point near the intersection of Buford Highway and Clairmont Road in DeKalb County.

“The new transmission line, stretching nearly 28 miles, replaces on originally installed in the early 1950’s,” a letter to residents in Decatur says. “With the new line in place and ready to go into service, we must now retire the existing pipeline.”

Work will generally occur Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 5 pm.

The company says it is working with city officials to notify residents about the work as it progresses.

Here are the documents presented during Monday’s City Commission meeting.