pge_gasleak.jpgSF officials are warning residents to avoid the area of Beale Street between Howard and Mission, after a construction crew damaged a high pressure gas line.

According to Alert SF, the street is closed until further notice after, says Adam Alberti, spokesperson for the Transbay Center, contractors working for the Transbay Transit Center Program struck and damaged a 16 inch high pressure gas pipe on Beale Street at 11:50 AM.

“The SFFD and PG&E were notified of the breach and subsequent leak” says Alberti, and are on the scene.

“Crews are working diligently to repair the line to restore through traffic as soon as possible to minimize any inconvenience.” Alberti says.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident.

Update 2:30 PM: Beale Street between Howard and Mission streets, has been reopened, but just to one lane of traffic, says Alberti.

According to reports, traffic is pretty bad in the area. We say avoid!

2:57 PM (Bay City News): A shelter in place that had been issued for a block in downtown San Francisco when contractors working for the new Transbay Transit Center damaged a gas pipe was lifted after a couple hours.

Beale Street between Mission and Howard streets closed shortly after 11:46 a.m., when police were notified of the gas leak in that block.

PG&E and the San Francisco Fire Department were notified of the leak, and people who live or work in the area were asked to shelter in place, police said.

PG&E crews arrived at 12:01 p.m. and worked to stop the flow of gas in the 16-inch high-pressure distribution line that serves two large buildings in the area, utility spokesman Joe Molica said.

Crews had stopped the flow of gas through the line at about 1 p.m. and finished final repairs to the gas line, which Molica said was properly marked, about an hour later.

“With these events, it’s always a good reminder to utilize safe digging techniques,” he said.

To stop the flow to that section of the line, crews utilized valves in the area. They then welded a new section of pipe to replace the damaged section.

One lane of traffic had reopened on Beale Street as of 2:05 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

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