Orange County

Chapel Hill thoroughfares completely reopened after gas leak caused morning closures

A Chapel Hill fire truck.
A Chapel Hill fire truck. Courtesy of the Chapel Hill Fire Department

Part of the town’s thoroughfare Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was completely closed to automotive traffic Monday morning because of a gas leak, but the Chapel Hill Fire Department has since reopened the roadway.

Hillsborough Street too was closed to through traffic between Bolinwood Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard., and now, it too is fully reopened.

The gas leaked near the intersection where Umstead Drive and Hillsborough Street meet MLK Boulevard when an OWASA contractor damaged a Hillsborough Street gas line at 10:40 a.m.

The leak was reported shortly before 11:00 a.m.

PSNC Energy trucks were on the scene to make repairs along with Chapel Hill’s police and fire departments that also responded to the reported leak.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks