Southwest Michigan Pipeline Construction Underway

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Consumers Energy and Welded Construction officials are asking drivers to exercise caution around crews constructing the Southwest Michigan 1200B Pipeline in St. Joseph and Branch counties.

Pipeline construction involves five main phases: land clearing, trench excavating, pipeline installation, welding and backfilling. Currently, all five phases are taking place simultaneously.

Construction activities began in May and have ramped up in June, which will continue until the project is completed this September.

While much construction activity takes place in fields, a significant amount of work time is required in roadways. In addition, construction vehicles will be traveling along rural and main roads in the construction area. Welded Construction is in the process of constructing the pipeline for Consumers Energy.

The Southwest 1200B Pipeline Project will run 24 miles through St. Joseph and Branch counties and completes a 90-mile dual gas transmission pipeline corridor, which will increase value, reliability and safety for Consumers Energy’s 1.7 million natural gas customers.