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Gas Leak

Workers lay concrete on Ninth Street in Corvallis by Market of Choice Thursday afternoon. Overnight, construction workers damaged a gas line while excavating near this site on Ninth Street.

A section of Northwest Ninth Street in Corvallis was closed overnight Wednesday due to a gas line that was damaged in excavation work during street reconstruction.

Patrick Rollens, public information officer for the city of Corvallis, said that around 9:30 p.m., employees of road work contractor Knife River Corporation smelled a gas leak in an area they were digging near the Grocery Outlet. The Corvallis Fire Department ordered a road closure from near its intersection with Northwest Garfield Avenue and the entrance to Buffalo Wild Wings on Ninth Street.

“The fire department closed the road out of an abundance of caution,” he said, but added that there was no evacuation of nearby buildings.

Rollens said that Northwest Natural Gas responded and, with assistance from Knife River and city public works employees, were able to repair the damaged gas line and reopen the road around 3 a.m. Thursday. No one was injured in the leak or response, he added.

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Rollens said the leak was on a smaller service line and not one of the gas main lines.

“The volume of gas released was fairly low,” he said.

Rollens said that Knife River employees resumed work on the project following repairs.

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Anthony Rimel covers education and crime in Benton County and weekend events across the Mid-Valley. He can be reached at anthony.rimel@lee.net or 541-812-6091.

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