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 An accidental break of a gas line has shut down a section of Woodward Avenue from 12 Mile Road to Catalpa Drive in Berkley.

An accidental break of a gas line has shut down a section of Woodward Avenue from 12 Mile Road to Catalpa Drive in Berkley.

Photo provided by the Berkley Public Safety Department

Gas leak shuts down section of Woodward Avenue in Berkley

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 2, 2018

BERKLEY — According to the Berkley Public Safety Department, a gas main leak at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 12 Mile Road has led to a shutdown of Woodward.

A statement released by the department said that traffic is shut down on both the southbound and northbound lanes of Woodward at 12 Mile. Eastbound traffic on 12 Mile is being diverted into the neighborhood, and westbound traffic is being directed onto northbound Woodward.

Berkley Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield said that the information the Public Safety Department received about the cause of the gas leak is that it was an accidental break that occurred around 3:30 p.m. as a private company was doing maintenance work underground while trying to install fiber optic lines.

“They were doing maintenance underground and doing drilling, and they hit a gas main,” he said. “At that point, it ruptured gas on Woodward and 12 Mile. And so they’ve got Consumers (Energy) out there right now trying to get the leak shut off, and they’ve got all of Woodward shut down from 12 Mile to Catalpa (Drive).”

The release stated that motorists are being asked to avoid from the area until the repairs are complete. The time needed to complete the repair is unknown at this time, Hadfield said.

“Initially, we’re getting several hours,” he said of the time estimate to fix the leak. “The first part will be making sure (the gas line is) shut off and that they’ve contained the leak. And then it would be working on getting the main repaired and back up and operational as soon as possible, but that could take several hours.”

The Public Safety Department is not asking residents to evacuate the area at this time, the release said, but businesses in the nearby strip mall on the southeast corner of 12 Mile and Woodward have been closed, as well as the gas station on the southwest corner of 12 Mile and Woodward.

Check back for further updates on the story.