Mid-American Energy is starting a new five-year plan to replace gas lines across eastern Iowa, and some of those lines will include areas of Iowa City. Starting this Saturday, residents could start to see some changes in their neighborhoods.
Thirteen solar-powered sensors will be installed in a number of locations across the city. MidAmerican says it will track the flow of gas inside the lines underground, and will remain installed until the project is completed.
MidAmerican spokesman Geoff Greenwood says this is a temporary safety precaution to ensure when the underground work begins, they will be able to closely monitor gas flow and shut it off remotely, if necessary.
Work will begin in Iowa City starting in July near the Ped Mall, while other areas will see replacement projects in the coming years. The poles will remain in place until the specific area’s project has been completed by 2023.