UPDATE Oct. 20:
The Delaware Department of Transportation has released the details of what caused the gas leak that forced the closure of U.S. Route 13 just south of the St. Georges Bridge on Tuesday.
A worker from Diamond Materials, one of the contractors building the new U.S. Route 301 toll road, struck and punctured an eight-inch Delmarva Gas gas line on the west side of U.S. 13 southbound, north of Old Hyett’s Corner Road.
The company was excavating a drainage swale when the puncture occurred.
Construction personnel at the scene called 911 and DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center at 3:57 p.m. to notify them of the incident.
Fire departments from Port Penn and Odessa responded to the scene and closed U.S. 13, in both directions, from Port Penn Road to Boyd’s Corner Road.
Delmarva Gas responded and they had the gas line shut off by 6:28 p.m.
The road was reopened to traffic at 6:47 p.m. Delmarva Gas clamped the line and had it re-energized by 7:20 p.m.
"DelDOT regrets the inconvenience caused to motorists by the closure of U.S.13, but believes the contractor handled the situation safely and correctly," said Geoff Sundstrom, DelDOT Director of Community Relations. "We also want to thank Delmarva Gas and the Port Penn and Odessa fire companies for their prompt and professional response."
ORIGINAL REPORT Oct. 18:
The Delaware Department of Transportation reported that U.S. Route 13 has been closed just south of the St. Georges Bridge because of a gas leak.
A gas main along southbound Route 13 was struck and damaged, said DelDOT Community Relations Officer Robert B. King.
Delmarva Power is working to fix the problem.
DelDOT has shut down Route 13 in both directions until the gas clears and repairs can be made to repair the break.
At this time it is uncertain how long the closure will remain in effect, King said.
Emergency equipment is at the scene with personnel directing traffic.