Construction Begins on Natural Gas Extension in Dodge County | Business
Construction on a natural gas project along Airport Road has begun this week in Dodge County.
According to Atlanta Gas Light, the current situation with natural gas in the airport area, which includes several industries and the Eastman Campus of Middle Georgia State College, already uses much of the natural gas that the current pipeline provides – hence hindering the possibility of new industries – small or large, and residential housing from coming to the area. The addition of a 4” high pressure line insures new and existing industries have adequate gas for their operations, allowing Dodge County to grow economically and industrially as more natural gas and other utilities will be available to support the growing interest in the Eastman Aviation campus of Middle Georgia State College, the Center of Innovation for Aerospace, and the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport.
“Thanks to the determination, encouragement, and support of many, Atlanta Gas Light submitted Dodge County’s application for Universal Service Funds to the Public Service Commission. The PSC’s approval of utilizing USF funds will allow Dodge County to provide the necessary infrastructure for our existing industries and future development of the aerospace potential in the airport area. The initial contact by Speaker Emeritus Terry Coleman garnered the support of PSC Commissioners Bubba McDonald and Doug Everett, who led the approval process of the project,” stated Judy Hemphill Madden, President and Economic Developer with Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce. “Our community’s first priority is planning, and the quick action and response of Dodge County’s leaders will allow for further strategic growth of Dodge County’s aerospace industry.”
H. Doug Everett said, “We have made it our mission at the Public Service Commission to work with our utilities and communities, such as Eastman, to install energy infrastructure that will grow jobs and expand economic development.”
He continued, “Representative Jimmy Pruett, Atlanta Gas Light Company and the Dodge County-Eastman Development Authority, and the Eastman/Dodge County Chamber of Commerce were all instrumental in accelerating funding for this project.” Everett added, “Representative Pruett made many trips to Atlanta to secure funding for this project. Without his involvement, this project would not have made the short list.”
Everett said, “By supplying more natural gas to the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport and the surrounding area, Dodge County will be in a better position to attract new industrial prospects and investment in private residential growth.”
A joint meeting was held with contractors on the project to discuss and plan the pipeline construction, which could take approximately eight weeks.
The route where the construction will take place will begin on the Airport Road and encompasses the area from Glyen Hickman Road, Bay Springs Church Road and GA 117.