Gas line break fixed, traffic slowly starting to pick up |

Gas line break fixed, traffic slowly starting to pick up

After spending most of the morning trying to seal a ruptured gas line at the intersection of Midland Avenue and Mount Sopris Drive, crews have successfully resolved the issue and traffic is now slowly starting to pick up, the city said.

The area opened to traffic around 1 p.m.

Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson said it was likely that the break, identified around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, was caused by a construction worker accidentally nicking the line with equipment. Contractors under Black Hills Energy were at time performing excavation procedures in relation to the installation of new, high-pressure gas line, Tillotson said.

When the break was first identified, both sides of the work zone were closed down to traffic.

City Engineer Terri Partch said there are no safety concerns to the public.

Throughout the morning, traffic control from the city South Midland project was moved down to the roundabout at 27th Street and Midland Avenue, where motorists were being screened, Partch said.

Traffic that is not going to the Hager Lane, Old Cardiff Bridge Road, Park East or Park West neighborhoods was not allowed onto South Midland Avenue. Meanwhile, Four Mile traffic was diverted at Four Mile Ranch and sent back to Dry Park Road.

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