The city of Kalamazoo reassures locals that although the weather is breaking, expect the scattered barrels to remain in the downtown area through a majority of the spring, summer and early fall thanks to many projects scheduled that could temporarily divert and affect motorist and pedestrian traffic.

Through the week of April 23, the city alerts residents that Consumers Energy will begin a $4.1 million project that will include upgrading natural gas service infrastructure throughout the city.

More than 25,000-feet of early 1900s-era cast iron pipe is planned to be replaced by a more-resilient plastic piping, according to Consumers.