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Phillips 66 replacing pipelines in Jefferson City

Phillips 66 replacing pipelines in Jefferson City

July 18th, 2019 by Emily Cole in Local News

Todd Creason Construction employees weld pieces of pipeline Tuesday along Liberty Road. This half-mile project was started July 9 and is part of Phillips 66's 30-mile pipeline replacement project in the state.

Photo by Greta Cross /News Tribune.

Phillips 66 is working to replace around 30 miles of pipeline in Missouri, including a section that crosses the southern side of Jefferson City.

The project started in May and will take four to six months, according to the company's website.

Rich Johnson, manager of communications for Phillips 66 Midstream, said the existing pipeline is up to federal regulations by the U.S. Department of Transportation, but the company is proactively replacing the pipeline with pipe that has a greater steel thickness.

Phillips 66 has a storage terminal in Jefferson City connected to the pipeline, which carriesĀ propane and butane to customers in Missouri and Illinois. The Jefferson City location employs approximately 20 people.

Johnson said they don't anticipate any closures of main roads during this project. Crews will bore under major road and water crossings and in residential areas to minimize construction impact.

Phillips 66 will also work with landowners and local and state officials to minimize disruption to the community or environment, Johnson said.

Phillips has hired Todd Creason Construction and Strike Construction to do the work. Currently, Todd Creason is working on the 10.5 miles between the Osage River and the terminal.

Todd Creason Construction is currently working off of Liberty Road on the south side of the city, near Taos. In one area, they are welding the new pipes together; farther down the line near Walmart on East McCarty Street, they are working to clear trees and land.

Bobby Parton with Phillips 66 said the project is progressing as expected.

Due to all the cleared trees, the company is offering people free mulch to pick up. Those interested can visit the contractor's office at 8119 Liberty Road.

The contractors are set up at a site on West Edgewood Drive near El Jimador off Missouri 179. This laydown yard is where they are housing their equipment, materials and office trailers, but no construction is taking place at this location.