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Ask NOW: Why all the yellow flags on Wisconsin Avenue in Wauwatosa?

Dec. 11, 2013

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Why all the yellow flags on Wisconsin Avenue?

Issue: A reader who said he resides near 67th Street and Wisconsin Avenue asked about gas line marker flags placed a few feet apart on residential lawns along Wisconsin Avenue between 60th and 68th Streets.

"Can you please find out why they put the flags out?" he wrote. "Are they planning on digging up the street/sidewalk?

Status: We Energies is planning to replace gas lines along the street, but not until 2015 at the earliest. Company spokesperson Brian Manthey said the flags help the planning process.

"It's all part of our regular replacement program based on age or condition (of the pipeline)," Manthey said. "It may be that there is a more efficient way of providing gas to customers."

He noted that more flags of different colors may be added indicating buried electric or cable lines.

Manthey said if the usual process is in place, the flags soon will disappear.

"The flags help engineers, planners and designers map out the route of where a pipeline goes," he said. "They want to make sure putting in the new lines won't interfere with those other utilities."

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