Orange County

Avoid driving on East Franklin, Rosemary in downtown Chapel Hill

A gas leak forced emergency officials to shut down two busy downtown corridors at midday Monday.

The gas leak was contained around 12:35 p.m., within minutes of being reported by Chapel Hill police.

The Chapel Hill Fire Department and others responded at noon to the area near Robertson Lane, a short street that connects East Franklin and East Rosemary streets just east of the Chapel Hill Post Office.

The area is immediately adjacent to ongoing construction at University Presbyterian Church. Additional details about the gas leak were not immediately available.

Drivers were urged to find detours around the area. The roads are expected to reopen soon.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb