Phase 1 of a natural gas installation project within Lower Sioux Community is scheduled this summer. This first phase of the project will bring in natural gas to serve larger facilities such as the Clinic, Government/Rec Center, Maintenance Building and ends at Jackpot Junction. The main line of the gas line will run within the Right of Way of Porter Avenue, County Hwy 2 and portion of Reservation Hwy 1. A definite schedule will be provided as soon as available but we anticipate the construction project to begin on Lower Sioux in Late July -August and completed by the end of August.
Map of the natural gas route. The Natural Gas main line (6in) will run within the Right-of-Way along Porter Avenue, County Highway 2 and a portion of Res Hwy 1 as shown by the Blue line on the map .The yellow lines represent gas service line (2in) to facilities.
Project companies and subcontractors include Greater Minnesota Gas (or Greater Minnesota Transmission), United Natural Gas (or United Farmers Co-op), Northern Pipeline Construction Company, Barr Engineering, Bolton & Menk, 10,000 Lakes Archeology, and Appliance Conversion Contractor TBD.
During the construction process, you can expect to see the following:
¨ United Natural Gas (UNG), Greater Minnesota Gas, Inc. (GMG) and Northern Pipeline Construction Co. (NPL) vehicles and personnel will be in and around the construction area.
¨ White flags will indicate the proposed route of the new underground natural gas line. You may see white flags along, streets, sidewalks and in the public right-of-way. Respect the line markers, leaving them in place.
¨ You may also see other colored flags in those same areas indicating the locations of other underground utilities.
¨ At times it may be necessary to “pothole” in order to locate underground utilities which cannot be otherwise located.
¨ Installation of natural gas main and service lines along the designated route.
¨ You may notice the crews testing to ensure the new pipe system is operating correctly.
Be Aware of Work Crews by Roadways:
Natural Gas installation crews will be out and about during the construction process. They most often will be alongside busy roads. Please make sure to move over to the far lane whenever possible to give them plenty of space to work away from the danger of traffic. If it is not possible to safely move over, simply slow down. Minnesota’s Ted Foss Move Over Law was named in honor of the State Patrol trooper who was killed while on the shoulder of I-90 in Winona in 2000. This law was put in place to protect emergency responders and construction crews who frequently work in harm’s way along roadways. Please be aware and give them room to work.
Environmental Assessment (EA):
Information on the Environmental Review Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Findings of No significant impact (FONSI) is available and accessible for public review at the Lower Sioux Community Center in the front reception area for 30 days.