Colorado Springs Utilities expects to begin restoring service Wednesday morning – Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Utilities crews plan to work through the night to repair a broken gas line that left 1,411 customers without natural gas.
Crews will manually turn off the gas and check the meter at each affected location, spokeswoman Natalie Eckhart said.
A 6-inch commercial pipe was broken by construction crews doing road work Tuesday afternoon on the new interchange at Powers Boulevard and Old Ranch Road. Free-flowing natural gas was coming out of the pipe before it was shut down around 6:30 p.m., leaving hundreds of customers in the area without gas service. The leak was reported around 4:45 p.m.
The boundaries for the break in service were Old Ranch Road to the north, Powers Boulevard to the east and Chapel Hills Drive to the south and west, according to Colorado Springs Utilities.
Eckhart said in an email that half of the customers’ meters had been shut off by 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. All 1,411 meters were expected to be off by 3 a.m. She estimated that the gas line would be purged and re-pressurized by 9 a.m. Wednesday. After that, Utilities workers will turn on each customer’s meter and re-light their natural gas appliances.
“Safety is of our utmost concern,” Eckhart said. “That’s why we are trying to spread the word about what we are doing. We don’t want customers to be alarmed if they smell natural gas or of they see someone near their meter at their home in the middle of the night.”
Crews will work from west to east to restore service. An adult must be present for Utilities workers to light pilot lights, said Eckhart, who warned that customers should not attempt to light their own natural gas appliances to ensure safety.
The incident didn’t pose any danger to anyone and no evacuations were ordered, said Capt. Steve Oswald, a spokesman for the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Academy School District 20 was notified as a precaution because of the proximity of Pine Creek High School, Oswald said.
Some northbound lanes of Powers were closed during the incident, but all reopened shortly before 8 p.m.