FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jan. 15, 2020– Black Hills Energy has provided safe and reliable natural gas service to homes and businesses in Eureka Springs since the early 1940s. In 2020, crews began a project to upgrade natural gas lines in Eureka Springs by replacing roughly three miles of natural gas lines along Highway 62. In 2021, work will continue as crews will be upgrading more than 6500 additional feet of natural gas lines throughout the area.
Along with construction work in the area, crews will also be moving gas meters to safer locations to avoid damages due to vehicles or other hazards along the street. Customers whose meters are being moved will be notified in advance.
Black Hills Energy will be using contractors to assist with this project. All contractors will carry Black Hills Energy identification and are trained to meet our high safety, service and quality standards. Our employees and contractors will also be working in compliance with all government and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, including social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment.
“Black Hills Energy invested nearly $3.5 million on system upgrades in Eureka Springs last year, and that investment will continue as we work to upgrade our natural gas system throughout the community,” said Chad Kinsley, vice president of gas operations for Black Hills Energy in Arkansas. “The new gas lines require less maintenance, improve the ability for precise utility locating, are installed using the latest materials and methods, and will allow us to provide safe reliable service to Eureka Springs for many years to come.”
Black Hills Energy will be working closely with city officials to coordinate construction throughout Eureka Springs and is committed to providing regular updates to city leaders and customers. For current construction plans, project details and information on impacts to travel around Eureka Springs, visit the project website at blackhillsenergy.com/eureka.