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Black Oak gas line project almost done

Why is the repair on Black Oak Drive taking so long? It’s the north part of the street, up to the intersection with Hillcrest. It was no problem for me finding an alternate route, but the residents must be furious.

— Hal W., Medford

Road work always leaves local motorists feeling a bit testy, Hal.

The work on Black Oak is being performed by Avista in a continuing effort to update the area’s gas pipelines.

The lines under Black Oak Drive are aging, and Avista earlier this month began replacing a 300-foot section of 4-inch pipeline that dates back to the 1950s. Work is expected to be completed before the end of the month.

Avista was in the area last year as well, replacing an individual gas line from the main pipeline to a residence.

The pipeline is located on the shoulder of the street, and flaggers have been on site to ensure the safety of both passing motorists and work crews. Traffic was reduced to one lane periodically, to relocate equipment.

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