Cole Road and Emerald Street back open following gas leak

March 14, 2014 

Utility crews continue to work this morning on a gas line ruptured Thursday afternoon by a construction crew but the roads are back open to motorists.

An estimated 35 to 40 businesses and residences along Cole, roughly between Franklin and Fairview, had their gas service interrupted by the accident. By this morning, three businesses in the area were still without service.

Ada County Highway District crews spent several hours repairing the asphalt that was damaged due to gas line repair.

Intermountain Gas personnel had to visit customers to lock down their gas meters before bleeding the air from the underground gas lines. Afterward, workers had to go to each home or business to turn the gas back on, re-light appliances and make sure they were working properly.

Intermountain gas left an informational hanger on the doors of residents and businesses that couldn't be contacted Thursday evening and returned to those homes and businesses today.

Gas getting into the sewer lines along Cole Road caused concern early in the evening, Intermountain Gas spokesman Byron Defenbach said, but that problem was resolved.

The gas leak hindered traffic throughout rush hour and into the evening. Cole was closed between Denton Street and Fairview Avenue for several hours, and Emerald was closed between Rifleman and Allumbaugh streets.

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