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St. Charles Fire Department: Gas leak repaired; Route 64 opened

Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 3:29 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:25 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Acting Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said Tuesday that traffic was moving on Route 64 as a gas leak that closed a portion of one of the busiest roads in the area for hours had been repaired. Schelstreet said the road opened at about 5:30 a.m.

Crews from Nicor worked Monday evening to repair a gas main break at 11th Avenue and East Main Street (Route 64) in St. Charles, city officials said. A road construction crew struck the 6-inch, high pressure gas main, Public Works Director Mark Koenen said, noting the roadwork was part of the Illinois Department of Transportation's Route 64/East Main Street project.

The repairs had been expected to take two to three hours as of about 5:30 p.m., Koenen said. The rainy weather and an electric duct in the immediate area complicated matters, he said.

East Main Street, was closed between Ninth and 13th avenues for hours because of the break. Traffic was being diverted Monday and early Tuesday.

Some businesses also had been evacuated, Schelstreet said. Multiple fire and Nicor crews were monitoring gas concentrations with meters, he said, and residents had been advised to keep their windows closed.

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