Contractor strikes gas line, I-35 frontage road in north Austin reopens

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A contractor hitting a gas line in north Austin prompted officials to close the northbound Interstate 35 frontage road Wednesday, reopening it a few hours later.

The road closed after St. John’s Avenue, or exit 239, at 11:51 a.m., according to the Texas Department of Transportation. One lane reopened at 1:44 p.m.

Texas Gas Service told KXAN a third-party excavator struck and damaged a line, and it worked with the Austin Fire Department to address it. It shut off the gas and crews will be on-site to repair it.

A spokeswoman said she is not aware of any evacuations and is working to understand when it will be fixed.

A nearby city-run COVID-19 testing site closed for safety reasons, according to an Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management spokeswoman. The site tests people who have an appointment, and those who had to leave were contacted to reschedule.

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