Boise police expect a stretch of Pierce Park Lane closed earlier today for a gas leak to reopen by 7 p.m.
Pierce Park Elementary School in Northwest Boise was evacuated this afternoon after the rupture of a natural gas line near the school at Pierce Park Lane and Castle Drive.
The Ada County Highway District closed Pierce Park Lane between State Street and Castle while repairs are done. Parents picking up students were asked to do so on Edenburgh Way, on the west end of the school's playground, according to a notice from the Boise School District.
Children at a day care across from the school are being kept inside and parents and others are prohibited for now from coming and going, said Intermountain Gas Co. spokesman Byron Defenbach. He added that gas has not been detected at the school or day care.
Shortly before 3 p.m., Defenbach said it could take an hour or longer for a gas company repair crew to fix the line and that people should avoid the area.
The leak, reported at 1:47 p.m., was caused by a third-party construction crew that accidentally damaged a 2-inch main line, Defenbach said. The break occurred in the line underneath Pierce Park Lane at Elmer Street, about a block from the school.