This summer, Summit Natural Gas began a large scale project to extend its natural gas service to the lake area.
The first distribution line for natural gas to go under the lake is underway. Boring through the earth below the water next to the Niangua Bridge began Nov. 12, according to Summit Natural Gas spokesperson Annica Russo.
The contractor is about halfway through this first bore of the three that are planned. Distribution lines will also go under the water at the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge and at the Hurricane Deck Bridge.
Boring under the lake takes about three weeks, and is the most expensive part of the project, said Russo.
Overall, Russo said the project is ahead of schedule.
In the first phase covering Gravois Mills, Laurie and part of Sunrise Beach, more than 70 percent of the distribution lines have been installed, Russo said. Contractors have also started putting in service lines to individual properties.
Summit is hoping to have live gas going in February or March in the phase one area, she said.
Phase two, which will extend service to Osage Beach, Camdenton and Lake Ozark, has begun as well.
Russo anticipated live gas reaching these areas by the heating season of next year.
The six-inch steel main line connecting the lake area to Summit's existing system near Lincoln is around 80 percent complete, she said.