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UPDATE: Gas Line Break Closes Pulaski Highway Into Rush Hour

Fire and police crews responded to a struck natural gas line Monday morning in Rosedale.

UPDATE (4 p.m.)—The westbound Pulaski Highway road closure Rossville Boulevard and Petrie Way, caused by a gas line break Monday morning, could continue into rush hour.

According to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost:

Traffic in the area has been diverted because the entire westbound lane of Route 40 is closed. BGE crews estimated that it would take several hours to make the repair and that evening rush hour traffic may be affected.

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UPDATE (11:56 p.m.)— Westbound Route 40 could remain closed between Rossville Boulevard and Petrie Way through rush hour after a gas line was struck by a utility crew Monday morning.

"The time it takes to do the repair could butt up against rush hour," said Capt. Ross Cooke, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman on the scene of the break.

Baltimore County utility crews working on an 8-inch sewer line around 9:40 a.m. when they struck a 2-inch gas line near the west bound portion of 8700 block of Pulaski Highway. The lines had marked for digging by Miss Utility and that the county crews were working within guidelines, said Cooke.

BGE crews are working to repair the break, but the gas line will have to be capped before repairs can be completed, said Cooke.

No one was injured as a result of the break. Surrounding buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

"Right now, the main thing is traffic," Cooke said. "People should know to avoid the area."

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Baltimore County police and fire crews began securing the area around a broken natural gas line Monday morning in Rosedale.

As of 10:20 a.m., Pulaski Highway (U.S. Route 40) had been closed between Rossvile Boulevard and Petrie Way, and nearby buildings were being evacuated, according to Louise Rogers-Feher, a police spokeswoman.

Crews responded to the natural gas line break near the Sunoco gas station, in the 8700 block of Pulaski Highway, at about 9:44 a.m. Police believe a utility crew struck and broke the line.

Four fire engines, a battalion and several police responded. Baltimore Gas and Electric Company crews were en route to the scene as of 10:20 a.m., Rogers-Feher said.

"We take any gas line break very seriously," she said, adding that drivers should avoid the area.

Check traffic updates on our Commute page here on Patch.

Tom Bolander August 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Baltimore County utility crews working on an 8-inch sewer line around 9:40 a.m. when they struck a 2-inch gas line near the west bound portion of 8700 block of Pulaski Highway. The lines had marked for digging by Miss Utility and that the county crews were working within guidelines, said Cooke. Just wondering if the Guidelines could be Posted??

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