Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Update: Gas Line Break Shuts Down Eagle Road

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:48 PM

UPDATE 3:20 p.m.

Traffic on Eagle Road is flowing again, as crews from Intermountain Gas quickly repaired a break in a gas main below Eagle. Construction crews hit a pipeline at the southwest corner of Eagle and Pine around noon. Intermountain said no customers were impacted by the main shutdown.

All traffic lanes were blocked for approximately three hours until Meridian police gave the all clear.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.

A major traffic alert is expected to stretch into this evening's rush hour as emergency crews deal with a broken gas main below Eagle Road. All traffic is being re-routed away from Eagle between Fairview and Pine.

Construction crews working in the area reportedly hit a natural gas pipeline around noon at the southwest corner Eagle and Pine. Crews have identified the source of the leak but the repair is expected to take some more time. Emergency crews determined that an evacuation was unnecessary.

UPDATE 1:45 p.m.

Here's a look through the Ada County Highway District traffic cam at Eagle & Franklin, where emergency crews have blocked off all traffic on Eagle Road between Fairview and Pine because of a gas main break beneath Eagle Road.

Ada County Sheriff's officials said the repairs could take several hours to complete. Traffic is being encouraged to steer clear of the Treasure Valley's busiest road.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m.

Here's a traffic cam at the corner of Eagle and Fairview. Traditionally, this intersection is bumper-to-bumper. As you can see, Meridian Police have blocked off all lanes while crews work below Eagle to repair a broken gas line. The tie-up is expected to last "for quite some time."

ORIGINAL POST 12:30 p.m.
A gas line break under Eagle Road has brought traffic to a standstill.

Meridian's police and fire departments are on the scene and currently blocking all lanes of traffic on Eagle Road between Fairview Avenue and Pine Street. Because the break is under the road, Andrea Dearden of the Ada County Sheriff's Office said the road is expected to "be shut down for quite some time."

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