Gas leak on North LBJ causes traffic diversion

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A gas leak occurred on North LBJ Drive Jan. 22 after construction workers hit a two-inch natural gas pipe. The leak was contained around 4:30 p.m.

A gas leak occurred Wednesday morning on North LBJ Drive and lasted for five hours.

The leak was reported at 11:30 a.m. after construction workers hit a two-inch polyethylene natural gas pipe , said Jeff Clark, SMFD battalion chief. The construction workers reported the leak to the fire department and the gas department, he said.

Residents in the area surrounding the leak were notified, and some voluntarily evacuated their homes, according to Clark.

The area was cleared, and traffic flow was diverted from North LBJ Drive to Chestnut Street via Younger Street off North LBJ, Clark said. Traffic later returned to normal after the leak was contained, he said.

The gas leak was shut off at 4:30 p.m., according to Clark.

—Report compiled by Nicole Barrios, assistant news editor