U.S. 19 reopened after gas leak that snarled traffic

Gas leak shuts down U.S. 19 A gas leak that shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 near Nursery Road for about three hours Tuesday caused a traffic backup that stretched south all the way into Pinellas Park, Clearwater officials said. The northbound lanes were closed about noon after a 2-inch gas line was severed late Tuesday morning. The lanes were reopened about 3 p.m. Southbound traffic was also diverted for a while to make way for the equipment needed to repair the line. No one was injured.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Gas leak shuts down U.S. 19 A gas leak that shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 near Nursery Road for about three hours Tuesday caused a traffic backup that stretched south all the way into Pinellas Park, Clearwater officials said. The northbound lanes were closed about noon after a 2-inch gas line was severed late Tuesday morning. The lanes were reopened about 3 p.m. Southbound traffic was also diverted for a while to make way for the equipment needed to repair the line. No one was injured.

CLEARWATER — The northbound lanes of U.S. 19 near Nursery Road were reopened around 3 p.m.

The road was closed for more than two hours after a gas leak caused when a 2-inch line was severed late Tuesday morning.

The closure caused a traffic back-up on U.S. 19 that stretched as far south as Pinellas Park, according to Clearwater public safety officials.

No evacuations were issued and no one was injured.

U.S. 19 reopened after gas leak that snarled traffic 11/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 8:03pm]

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