Warren County road reopened after gas leak

UPDATE @ 9:30 a.m., Sept. 22:

Duke Energy is continuing to make final repairs to the gas main on Natorp Boulevard.

The westbound lanes of Natorp Boulevard will be closed just east of the Mason-Montgomery Road intersection until 2 p.m. Friday. Eastbound lanes of Natorp Boulevard are open to traffic, according to the engineer’s office.

UPDATE @ 7:06 p.m., Sept. 21:

Mason-Montgomery Road is now open to traffic, according to the Warren County Engineer’s Office.

Repairs to the gas main have been completed by Duke Energy, officials said.

Natorp Boulevard will remain closed through tomorrow as repairs to the roadway are underway.

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INITIAL REPORT, Sept. 21:

A busy stretch of Mason-Montgomery Road in Deerfield Twp. is closed and some nearby businesses have been evacuated after a gas leak Thursday afternoon.

Construction workers hit a 4-inch underground gas line while fixing part of the road, according to Deerfield Twp. Fire Chief Chris Eisele.

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“We wanted to make sure we can get the gas leak controlled to make sure there wasn’t any further damage or a catastrophe that would come about from gas leaking into the atmosphere,” Eisele said.

Warren County officials closed Mason-Montgomery Road between Merten and Parkway drives and instructed drivers to take alternative routes.

Warren County spokeswoman Savannah Shafer said the area would likely remain closed until midnight.