Broken Gas Line Repaired

Broken Gas Line Repaired

The roadway along High Street and Central Avenue is still under repair almost a week after a gas line was damaged by a construction company.

As of Tuesday, April 13, PG&E personnel continue to work on repairing the road along the surrounding areas of the intersection. In the early morning hours workers close the lane for drivers traveling on High Street from Encinal Avenue toward Central. Traffic in the opposite direction remains open. By late afternoon crews finish for the day and the street turns back into a two-lane road. Crews are also doing work along Central.

The disruption in traffic is the result of the gas line being struck by the unidentified construction company. Alameda police and fire departments arrived on the scene shortly after 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 8. The departments began evacuating nearby residences and businesses out of concerns for the community’s safety due to a natural gas leak.

PG&E personnel were called to the scene to repair the gas line. While they worked on the gas line, APD closed all traffic at the intersection and asked residents to take a detour around that area.

The gas leak stopped around 12:30 p.m., according to an update from PG&E. Residents were allowed back into their homes around 1:40 p.m. but were asked to shelter in place. A one block radius at the intersection remained closed to traffic. It is undetermined when the construction in the area will be completed.