Gas Pipeline Project Causes Problems

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email

A pair of construction mistakes in Washington County force crews to restore water, phone and internet to some businesses.

A local construction company is intalling a natural gas line on Blue Knob Road, which is along the river between Marietta and Belpre.

While digging last week workers hit a waterline, temporarily knocking out the tap at Iddings Trucking Company.

Then on Tuesday construction workers hit an AT&T line, knocking out the phones and internet.

Iddings employees say service has been sporadic since then, forcing them to work more with their cellphones.

"The bulk of our business is communication between us and our drivers, us and our customers," says Warren Sullivan, a dispatcher with Iddings Trucking. "You can only do so much on a cell phone or fax line or something. It's been a major hinderance to our productivity for two days now."

Power crews are running thousands of feet of fiber optic cable to get services fully restored.

Meanwhile, the construction company says the phone line they hit was unmarked, meaning they had no idea it was in the way.

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