2 Va. Beach gas leaks secured

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 5:14 PM

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VIRGINIA BEACH -- Construction crews hit gas lines in two areas of Va. Beach Wednesday morning.  

Fire officials at both scenes tell us the lines were not marked. Both leaks have been secured, although traffic detours remain in place, according to the fire department.

Crews working on the Princess Anne/Witchduck/Kempsville Rd. Improvement Project hit a 2" metal line at the intersection of S. Witchduck and Princess Anne during the morning rush.

The break caused police to divert southbound traffic on Witchduck Road down Bonney Road and Office Square and back onto to Princess Anne Road.

All other directions of traffic were open, but posts to the WVEC13 Facebook page said traffic was backed up and there was a strong smell of gas.  

Battalion Chief Jack Crandall said repairs were expected to take most of the morning.

Va. Natural Gas spokesman Duane Bourne explained, "Generally, steel repair does take longer to repair, but the real factor is site conditions, including weather, safety, and prompt restoration of service to customers."

Around 9:30 a.m., a second gas leak was reported in the 200 block of Cheyenne Road because crews hit a 1" line. Cheyenne at Pontiac Road was closed. It's the same area where a private contractor hit a line on July 23. It took about three hours for that stretch of road to reopen.

Va. Natural Gas crews on working at both locations to stop the leaks and make repairs.

Some posts on the WVEC13 Facebook page asked why there seem to be so many gas leaks lately and others questioned whether construction crews were getting lines marked before beginning work.

13News Now is investigating.

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