Monday, June 09, 2014
For Release:
June 9, 2014

Contact: Bob Innes

             (804) 768-6410 

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Chester, VA – June 9, 2014 – As Columbia Gas of Virginia invests in infrastructure replacement and growth projects in Virginia this year, the utility reminds motorists to use caution when approaching work zones. With the National Safety Council marking June as National Safety Month, Columbia Gas reminds motorists to be prepared for slowed or temporarily stopped traffic during the construction season. 

Use the following tips to drive safely in a work zone:

• When approaching a construction work zone, obey flaggers who may signal you to stop or slow down.  Drivers who disobey a flagger may be cited.
• Pay attention to and obey all signage posted in a construction work zone.
• Motorists are required by law to use headlights when traveling through a work zone. Remember to turn headlights on when traveling in work zones, even during daylight hours. 
• Be prepared to yield right-of-way to workers and construction vehicles in active work zones.
• Rear-end collisions are common in work zones. Reduce your speed and double your following distance.  Always travel at or below the posted speed for the work zone.
• Stay alert and do not drive distracted – do not eat or use cell phones, computer devices or car audio systems when driving in construction zones. 
• Be patient and remember work zone crew members are working to improve infrastructure for safety and convenience.
Columbia Gas is committed to minimizing inconvenience to motorists and will make every effort to limit traffic restrictions or delays this summer. Columbia Gas appreciates drivers’ patience while important project work is completed. 

For more information on existing infrastructure improvement projects, visit and click on Infrastructure Upgrade.

About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to over 251,000 customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region and parts of Western Virginia. With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE. Learn more at