The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 5, 2013

Ruptured natural gas line closes Routes 11-15 for hours Tuesday

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — A section of the Strip was closed to traffic for more than two hours Tuesday due to a natural gas leak.

Snyder County Emergency Services Coordinator Derick Shambach said a crew installing sewer lines near Routes 11-15 hit a gas line, causing the leak at about 11:30 a.m.

UGI spokesman Don Brominski said the utility sent a crew to repair the ruptured gas line after receiving a call from the 911 Center at 11:28 a.m.

The crew had to excavate an area near the line in order to shut it off, which took three hours. Service is expected to be restored to two nearby commercial and two residential customers within the next few hours, Brominski said.

State police and local fire police were called to the scene and closed all four southbound and northbound lanes between Park Road and Roosevelt Avenue in Monroe Township, Snyder County.

The road was reopened at about 2:45 p.m., but the traffic backup continued to cause problems.

Selinsgrove Area School District Superintendent Chad Cohrs said many students would be arriving home about 20 minutes later than usual as a result of the delay.

Snyder County Elections Director Patricia Nace didn’t expect the temporary road closure to affect election results.

“If someone is serious about voting, they will find a way,” she said.