Construction is about to begin on the ATEX Express, an underground pipeline expected to employ as many as 4,000 workers during the next eight months.

About 1,500 of those high paying jobs will go to workers from local union offices, earning $27 to $50 an hour, plus daily per diem allowances and benefits. Working up to six 10-hour days, they also figure to earn overtime pay.

As they work their way across Ohio, the workers will be buying supplies and meals, and arranging for places to stay, pumping eagerly anticipated cash into the small towns along the way.

Starting around May 1, new pipe is to be laid underground across Ohio, as well as in sections of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Indiana, according to Enterprise Pipeline, the Texas-based company building the ATEX Express.

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