Holland road to reopen Friday after gas leak

Crews work to fix a gas leak on 48th Street in Holland (June 3, 2014).

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Gas crews have capped a gas leak in Holland, but area roads aren’t expected to be back open until Friday night.

Just before 10 a.m., authorities say, an electrical contractor accidentally bored into a six-inch gas main near the intersection of 48th Street and Lincoln Avenue, causing a leak and triggering an emergency response.

Fire crews responded at the scene of the leak and the intersection, north of I-196, was blocked off. Around 10:20 a.m., Holland police tweeted “Major natural gas line break near 48th Street and Lincoln Ave. Avoid the area.”

“There is a very large volume of gas at a pretty significant pressure in that main,” Holland Department of Public Safety Capt. Chris Tinney on the scene said.

SEMCO Energy, which owns the line, said it asked several of its commercial customers to cut or curtail gas use. That cooperation meant there were not any service interruptions.

Later, SEMCO workers were able to cap the leak.

“As of about 1:45, SEMCO has been able to stem the flow of gas and isolate the leak,’ Tinney said.

Despite the leak being capped, the affected roads will remain closed and detours will remain in place until the roads are repaved, Tinney said.

Initially, repairs were expected to be completed Tuesday evening, however, a further assessment of the roads led to the decision to more extensive repairs, according to Tinney.

“Best bet is to avoid the area. You’re not going to get through,” Tinney said.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has set up several detour routes in the area:

  • Drivers on southbound Lincoln Avenue should take US-31 to 32nd Street east to Waverly Road, and then head south on Waverly Road to Lincoln Avenue.
  • Drivers on northbound Lincoln Avenue should head north on Industrial Avenue to E. 40th Street and then head west to northbound US-31.

Because of high winds and their direction, no evacuations were needed before the leak was capped.

“With the wind, we are able to disburse the gas out away from the incident,” Tinney said.

Residents who live east of the area may have still smelled gas.

Check back with WOODTV.com for updates.


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