The Enbridge Pipeline is slowly making its way across Missouri and major construction begins this week in Saline Co. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott talk with Community Relations Contractor for Enbridge Katie Lang.

Katie Lang

Lang says crews and drivers have been preparing for this phase of construction for some time. “The notice to mobilize was issued back on June 26th. So we’ve gone through some safety training, and we went through OSCHA, that was for environment, facilities and quality,” Lang said. “We’re working on getting equipment out into the field as well, and crews are starting to mobilize and get housing done as well. When construction starts it will start at the north end of each of the spreads and work southwest.”

Local residents will have to be aware of trucks and crews throughout the area and Lang says there will be efforts to inform the public regularly. “We’ll have message boards out, we are working closer with highway commissioners and townships. Plus engineers just to discuss road haul routes, and we’ll get message boards out there when that equipment is going to be starting to mobilize in the area,” Lang said. “And also emergency management for any type of road closures or road crossing just so they are aware of it. If they have to go to an emergency they’ll know which roads are blocked off,” Lang adds.

The $2.8 billion project will have an initial capacity of six-hundred-thousand barrels of oil per day transported from Illinois to Oklahoma, construction is expected to take about a year.