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Truckee gas line break causes delays

Jason Kelley/Sierra SunCrews work to fix a gas line break that caused delays in downtown Truckee Thursday.

A gas service line ruptured around 8:30 a.m. Thursday while Valcon Construction workers were digging about 30 feet from the bridge on Brockway Road downtown.

Truckee Donner Public Utility District had Southwest Gas at the construction site to oversee digging near two marked gas lines, according to Ed Taylor, district water utility manager.

“He found the third line the way you don’t want to,” Taylor said.

Truckee police and the Truckee Fire Protection Department were called to the scene to help control traffic while the leaking gas line was turned off, Taylor said. The gas line was shut down within 30 minutes, he said.

The line served about eight homes in the area. Taylor said there was no permanent damage done to the line and residents had their service restored within two hours.

Contractors did follow Underground Service Alert procedures by contacting Southwest Gas 48 hours in advance of the work, Taylor said. He said workers dug around the two known gas lines, not knowing a third line existed.

Otherwise, Taylor said the downtown construction project is moving along very smoothly.

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