Gas Leak Causes Traffic Nightmare In Lexington

A gas leak sent drivers looking for alternate routes in Lexington Saturday.

A gas line started leaking early Saturday in the area of New Circle and Georgetown Roads after construction equipment accidentally knocked a large hole in the gas main.

Columbia Gas was called to the scene to make repairs, but the leak hasn't been a quick fix.

Police closed New Circle Road between Georgetown Street and Newtown Pike. Nandino Boulevard was also blocked in that same area although drivers were allowed to turn off Georgetown Street to get to the Post Office. The biggest problem was a back-up on New Circle approaching the Georgetown turn-off.

Frustrated driver Darrell Crowe told 27 NEWSFIRST, "There was a lot of traffic backed up in just one lane for quite a while. We thought there were just doing road work to widen the lanes, but now that I know there's a gas leak, I'm not as frustrated because at least the city is doing something to protect us."

Another driver heard about the gas leak shortly after it happened and was very surprised to find that it was still affecting traffic Saturday afternoon as she had to scramble to get to her grandson's ballgame.

Despite the inconvenience to drivers, Columbia Gas says only about 10 customers were without service.

Both roads were closed all day. The inner loop reopened at around 6:00. The outer loop did not reopen until after 11 P.M.

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