Atlanta Gas Light is working on a project in northwest Butts County and southern Henry County over the next several months. You may have noticed stakes alongside the highway from Jackson north through Jenkinsburg and into Henry County. The following statement was provided by Atlanta Gas Light:

“Atlanta Gas Light is proud to be a part of the metro Atlanta community and provide natural gas service on behalf of certified marketers to the hundreds of thousands of people who call the area home. We are investing in local communities across the metro Atlanta area by making infrastructure improvements in our system. Henry and Butts are two of the counties that will undergo system improvements to ensure that those relying on natural gas have it when they need it most.

In your area, pre-construction activities for the Central Region Pipeline – Jackson Station to McDonough project are complete. Construction is scheduled to begin in early March and last approximately six months. The project involves the installation of 12 total miles of 12-inch and 8-inch distribution pipeline in south Henry County and northwest Butts County. The installation will occur primarily in road right-of-way along Georgia Highway 42 between King Mill Road south of McDonough and Bunch Road north of Jackson.

Our independent contractor, Pride Utility Construction Company will begin by clearing the easement where needed before installing the pipeline. All crews will have Atlanta Gas Light identification and a Pride Utility representative, as well as Atlanta Gas Light professionals, will be on-site throughout the construction process should affected property owners have any questions during construction. Work will be performed during daylight and/or permitted hours Monday through Saturday.

Project construction will consist of both the open cut pipe installation method and a technique called directional drilling or boring. Underground directional drilling or boring avoids the need for open trenches across roads and other surfaces. Steps will be taken to minimize traffic disruptions. However in some locations, we may need to temporarily close a road or lane during construction. Any temporary road or lane closures will be coordinated through the appropriate jurisdiction.

Appropriate traffic control measures also will be put in place. Atlanta Gas Light will also work with property owners and managers to ensure that parking lots are accessible during construction or that alternate parking is available. We are also notifying local public safety officers of our construction plans. As with all of our construction projects, safety is our top priority. We will make every effort to minimize inconveniences to property owners along the route. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience with this process. If you have any specific questions not addressed in this letter, please contact us at 404-584-3131 or centralpipeline@southernco.com .

Sincerely, Atlanta Gas Light