Gas Leak Causes Delays In Maplewood

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MAPLEWOOD, MO (KPLR)– A large gas leak played havoc with traffic Wednesday afternoon on busy Hanley Road in Maplewood.

The trouble began near the intersection of Hanley and Manchester at about 11:15 a.m., when a construction crew working on a new Mini-Cooper dealership hit a 12 inch main, which is anything but mini.

The main is so critical, the decision was made not to cut off the flow while crews worked to clamp the tear.

“This type of gas line supplies so many different businesses that if they shut the gas off to this main, it would create a lot more problems than going back into the businesses and having to set things back up,” said Maplewood Police Chief Terry Merrell.

Even though the rupture did not cut off gas service, the road closure cut off customers from Cousin Hugo`s Bar and Grill right at lunchtime.

“Some people were able to negotiate their way in and serpentine in and we got some business,” said owner Tommy Bahn.

The leak was clamped at about 3:40 p.m. and Hanley was reopened shortly after.

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