Gas Leak Closes Lane on West Franklin St

Chapel Hill Fire crews have contained a natural gas leak near the Carolina Square construction site.

One of the eastbound lanes of West Franklin Street was closed while emergency crews are working in the area, according to officials.

Motorists were being urged to use caution when traveling in that vicinity.

Town officials say residents may continue to smell odors in the area.

Carrboro Emergency Officials Respond To Gas Leak Monday Night

CARRBORO – A gas leak shut down the 300 block of East Main Street in Carrboro Monday night for just less than two hours.

Carrboro Police responded to a reported leak near Cat’s Credle at around 5:15 p.m. A fire truck was seen outside the club by a nearby sales associate at Cameron’s.

The CPD shut down the 300 block of East Main and diverted traffic back in the direction in which it came. At 7:08 p.m., Carrboro Police tweeted that the road was open to traffic again.

Multiple different reports came in initially including a gas leak at the ArtsCenter and another that stated she heard an explosion. No explosion was reported and the location of the gas leak has not officially been announced.

Franklin Street From Estes Dr to Elliott Rd Closed – Natural Gas Leak

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police Sgt. Bryan Walker confirmed Wednesday at 10:35 a.m. that Franklin Street was closed in both directions between Estes Dr and Elliott Rd for a natural gas leak.

Sgt. Walker said he was unaware of any evacuations in the area. EMS and gas crews were on the scene managing the incident.

Gas Leak Stops Traffic On Rosemary

CHAPEL HILL – A gas leak in downtown Chapel Hill on Friday afternoon briefly shut down traffic on West Rosemary Street between Church Street  and Mitchell Lane, as well as on West Franklin Street between Mallette and South Roberson streets.

Chapel Hill Police spokesman Sergeant Bryan Walker said a call came in at 3:15 that a gas line had been severed  in the 300 block of West Rosemary.

Traffic was briefly diverted and some businesses evacuated as a precaution, but as of 3:45 police said the gas leak had been repaired and all roadways were open.

The leak was reported near the Shortbread Lofts construction site. Walker says that when companies are doing construction and digging, hitting gas lines is risk.

When you’re doing construction that involves digging, there’s always that hazard” Walker said.

Carrboro Gas Line Struck During Water Line Replacement

CARRBORO – Getting stuck in traffic is no way to start your work week, but if you were on Main Street in Carrboro Monday morning, you just may have started the day that way.

Carrboro Police Lt. Chris Atack says crews responded to the intersection of James Street and West Main Street just before 9:30 a.m. for a gas line break.

“I believe it was a two-inch, flexible gas line, so there was some gas actually coming out,” Atack says. “But, they got it capped off and shut down, so (there were) no issues.”

Atack says Orange Water and Sewer Authority was attempting to replace water lines when the gas line was struck.

While Chapel Hill is still working on the cleanup from a fuel spill on Friday at a gas station undergoing construction, Lt. Atack says this incident was minor.

“(It) shut off traffic for just a bit, and they got the line capped,” Atack says. “Everything’s back to normal, so no ongoing issues.”

He says crews cleared the scene in less than an hour.