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Gas leak closes Raleigh road twice

Posted November 12, 2012

— A gas leak forced Raleigh police to close Sandy Forks Road twice on Monday, according to PSNC Energy. 

The leak was discovered Monday afternoon in a three-quarter-inch service pipe deep in the ground, said PSNC Energy spokeswoman Angie Townsend. One house in the area lost gas service, but no other homes were affected.

Police shut down Sandy Forks Road between Spring Forest Road and the entrance to the The Lakes Apartments for more than an hour while crews tried to determine the source of the leak. Around 6 p.m., the road was reopened while PSNC Energy rounded up additional crews and extra equipment to fix the leak. 

At 9 p.m., crews returned to cap the gas line, Townsend said. Sandy Forks Road is expected to reopen around 11:30 p.m.

The cause of the leak has not been determined.

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  • miseem Nov 13, 2012

    The cause of the leak has not been determined.

    Maybe a hole in the pipe?

  • sinenomine Nov 13, 2012

    I attempted to use this road at approximately 5:30 PM Monday, November 12.

    The police roadblock consisted of a single cruiser and two officers. The police car was sitting at about a 90 degree angle to the direction of travel. Blue lights were flashing and the officers had on reflective vests.

    The roadblock was approximately a half block beyond the turn onto which traffic was supposed to detour. No officer was standing at that turn. There were no flares, cones, or anything else to definitely indicate that the turn was where the detour began. In the dark it was difficult to tell whether Sandy Forks beyond the turn was closed or only partially blocked, as if by an accident.

    I respect our officers but it seemed to me that this road closure could have been accomplished in a better way. To have done otherwise endangers both the officers and the driving public.