Historic DuPont pipeline to be dismantled
The pipeline system at the DuPont plant in Belle was opened in 1930. The picture was taken when construction was underway and all eight of the pipes were not completed.
The pipes used to transport water for the ammonia manufacturing process and the rail line moved people and material to the top of the hill. The Belle DuPont plant can be seen in the background. The pipeline system and rail line will be dismantled in the months to come.
One lane of Route 60 Westbound will be shut down for about three weeks starting April 15, as contractors for DuPont contruct as safety barrier. DuPont is dismantling two converging sets of pipelines used to haul water that was used in the ammonia process at the plant which ended in the 1950s. The pipeline goes up the hill at about a 68 degree angle.
The pipeline system and an adjacent rail line will be dismantled in the months to come. One lane of U.S. 60 will be closed temporarily for the construction of a barrier between the hill and the highway.
These pipes, now overgrown with vegetation, used to transport water for the ammonia manufacturing process.