An accidental break of a gas line shut down a section of Woodward Avenue from 12 Mile Road to Catalpa Drive in Berkley Oct. 2. The roadway reopened at approximately 3 a.m. Oct. 3.

An accidental break of a gas line shut down a section of Woodward Avenue from 12 Mile Road to Catalpa Drive in Berkley Oct. 2. The roadway reopened at approximately 3 a.m. Oct. 3.

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Woodward reopens after gas leak shut down intersection in Berkley

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 3, 2018

BERKLEY — According to the Berkley Public Safety Department, a gas main leak at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 12 Mile Road led to a shutdown of Woodward Oct. 2.

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

Berkley Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield said that the Public Safety Department was told that the gas leak resulted from an accidental break that occurred around 3:30 p.m.Oct. 2 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 during the late afternoon Oct. 2. “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).”

At 9:26 p.m. that same day, the city of Berkley sent out another email stating that the leak had been stopped and gas was no longer escaping from the pipe. The repairs continued overnight, and according to the city’s communications coordinator, Jay Grossman, all traffic lanes reopened at 3 a.m. Oct. 3.

“A big thanks to Consumers Energy for their quick and massive response, as well as the (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) 3201 Haz-Mat Team, the Huntington Woods Department of Public Safety, the Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety, the Royal Oak Police Department and the Berkley Department of Public Works for all the assistance,” Berkley Public Safety Director Matt Koehn said in a prepared statement. “We also want to thank the public for your assistance in avoiding the area.”