U.S. 24 has reopened at Meridian Road after a contracting construction crew hit a natural gas line in Falcon.
Authorities tell our KRDO NewsChannel 13 crew at the scene that the contractor accidentally hit the line near the Diamond Shamrock gas station on Wednesday morning. The natural gas line was not on the utilities locator map. The accidental gas line break is not the contractor's fault. Springs Utilities says there was no record of the gas line on its map.
U.S. 24 was closed at Meridian Road while crews worked to cap the gas line. The highway reopened around 12:00 p.m. Wednesday.
The Patriot Learning Center was on pre-evacuation notice during the incident.
Colorado Springs Utilities is reminding everyone to always be on the safe side and call 8-1-1 to have a free locater service come out and map out your property for utility lines. You or your contractor could be liable if you damage underground utility lines.
Cheron Cole with Utilities tells us to call 811, three days before you start digging so the locater service can map utility lines in your yard. The results of that mapping service are good for 30 days. She says, "We're all anxious to start digging and start projects. Make sure you plan ahead."