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Falmouth maps installation of natural gas lines

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Falmouth maps installation of natural gas lines

FALMOUTH — The town has made available a map that details future natural gas distribution lines.

The color-coded map, which is available on the town website, shows four phases of the project over four years, beginning in 2014. It is part of a larger, $42 million project by Summit Natural Gas to build distribution lines in Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth.

In its first year, 2014, the distribution lines will include a northern section of Route 88, Johnson Road, the business section of U.S. Route 1, Lunt Road, part of Falmouth Road to Town Hall, and part of Woodville Road to the schools.

In 2015, distribution lines will be extended throughout most of Foreside, residential areas south of Presumpscot River, the remainder of Falmouth Road, Leighton Road, and part of Gray Road.

The third phase will see expansion in central Falmouth. The fourth phase focuses mostly on the western portion of town.

Installation of natural gas lines throughout Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth is expected to begin in late April or early May next year, with the main line possibly half complete by the end of 2014.

The entire project, which includes laying 1.2 million feet of pipe in the three towns, is expected to take between three and five years.

Colorado-based Summit has projected 86 percent saturation in the three communities within five years, or nearly 7,700 customers. Within eight years, the company predicts 95 percent saturation, or more than 9,100 customers.

For more information, visit summitnaturalgasmaine.com

Ben McCanna can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or bmccanna@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @BenMcCanna.