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Contractor hit natural gas line, shuts Brint Road during repairs

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Looking west on Brint Road from its intersection with King Road, shows the area where digging occurred. A contractor punctured a gas line on Tuesday.

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A segment of Brint Road just west of King Road was closed in both directions on Tuesday while crews repaired a natural gas line break caused during the relocation of utility lines.

The road reopened by Tuesday evening.

Jake Selvey of Kenneth G. Myers Construction in Green Springs, Ohio said the gas line was hit on Monday when the company was relocating telephone and cable lines for Frontier Communications. Mr. Selvey, a superintendent of construction, said the company was investigating how and why it happened.

“We did have an OUPS (Ohio Utilities Protection Service) ticket,” he said. The utilities protection service located gas lines and other underground wires, before the company began digging, he said.

Such marking with flags is done to try to alert contractors to avoid hitting underground lines.

The area is being prepared for the construction of a roundabout, which is scheduled to begin in June. The Brint and King roads intersection, which borders on the Sylvania and Sylvania Township boundaries, now has four way stop signs.

At 2:33 p.m. Monday, Columbia Gas of Ohio was alerted to the incident and responded six minutes later.

“It was my understanding that an auger used to drill holes went into the main gas line and punctured it,” Chris Kozak, Columbia Gas spokesman said. “It was a four-inch medium pressure line.”

It placed a bypass on the single feed line, while repairs were being made. Service to 3,500 customers in the area was maintained during the repair, he said. However, traffic was not permitted on the segment of Brint Road, just west of King until 10:50 p.m. Monday. The area was closed off again Tuesday morning because of repairs and reopened by Tuesday evening.

Mr. Kozak said the company’s first priority was ensuring safety and repairing a line. Once it has been repaired, an investigation will follow.

“If someone hits the line, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are at fault,” he said.

Sylvania Township Fire Department, which serves the city and township, had a firetruck at the scene on Monday. Deputy Chief Mike Ramm said that no homes were evacuated because it was a main line that did not feed directly into any neighborhoods. They only people in immediate danger were the employees on site, he said.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.

 

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