Part of one of the metro-east’s busiest thoroughfares —Green Mount Road— was closed for a few hours Tuesday afternoon after a construction crew struck a gas main beneath the roadway.
The CVS pharmacy at the intersection of Hwy 50 and Green Mount Road was temporarily evacuated because customers and employees there reported smelling gas.
Green Mount Road had reopened as of 4:30 p.m., Ameren Illinois spokesman Brian Bretsch said.
Ameren Illinois was notified of the incident at 1:46 p.m. and responded immediately. The utility asked police and fire personnel to block the road as a precaution while the location of the break was pinpointed.
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Bretsch said a construction crew that was boring a path for underground electrical service beneath Green Mount Road struck the gas main. He said Ameren crews were able to locate the break and stop the flow of gas on either side of it.
The next step, he said, is for crews to re-route a line from one side of the break to the other, bypassing the damaged section. He said this would be done by boring under the road to avoid having to close it to traffic again. He said he does not expect any delays as that work is completed.
No other nearby businesses or neighborhoods were evacuated, Bretsch said, but two to three businesses would be without natural gas service until a fix is complete.
No one was reported injured in the incident.