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BREAKING NEWS — Gas Line Rupture Shuts Down Glebe Road

by ARLnow.com January 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm 5,852 22 Comments

Update at 8:00 p.m. — One lane of northbound Glebe Road opened around 6:00 p.m., according to Arlington Alerts.

Update at 5:00 p.m. — The gas leak has been stopped, firefighters are clearing the scene, and the southbound lanes of Glebe Road have been reopened. So far, northbound Glebe Road remains closed.

Update at 4:00 p.m. — Washington Gas has told firefighters that they have located the source of the gas leak and that it will be about another half hour until they can shut off the gas.

All lanes of Glebe Road have been shut down between Route 50 and N. Pershing Drive due to a gas line rupture.

Initial reports suggest that a major gas line was cut by a utility crew, necessitating extended road closures. Crews from Washington Gas are on the scene using digging equipment outside an apartment building at Glebe Road and N. Piedmont Street. The building has been evacuated and a strong odor of natural gas can be smelled a block away.

Police are on the scene directing traffic. Firefighters are monitoring gas levels in nearby storm drains and standing by with fire hoses in hand should something ignite the gas. Pedestrians, including school children walking home from school, aren’t being allowed on a two block portion of Glebe Road.

Drivers should plan for possible significant rush hour traffic impacts as a result of the closure.

  • Marvin the Martian

    I’m really hoping we don’t hear an Earth Shattering Ka-BOOM!!

  • Sawyer

    Work at 200 Glebe…. Glebe Rd. Closed. Wash Gas on scene with excavator. Looks serious. Hoping I can leave at 4pm.

  • John Fontain

    No credito, mal credito, no problema!

    • Eastern Motors

      Tu Trabajo es Tu Credito!

  • anyone got a match?

  • Erin

    I passed through that work zone around 12:30.. it was already a disaster with traffic stretched all the way from 5th Rd S to N Pershing.. even with one lane open.

  • CrystalMikey

    Ugh…in this day and age you’d think we see less of this accidental cutting.

  • john

    north piedmont and glebe is beyond pershing, so that can’t be right. can you get the address of the evacuated building?

    • john

      oh, wait. okay. piedmont is the northern boundary of the shutdown. for some reason I was picturing between 66 and pershing.

  • Arlingtonian

    Woooo, a fun commute awaits

  • JimPB

    WPost recently had a story about the large need across the country for replacing water and sewage pipes and upgrading facilities. Add natural gas distribution pipes to the list of underground infrastructure needs. Natural gas leaks are prevalent across the country, killing trees, buses and other plants and enabling explosions.

    These underground infrastructure needs are something important and BIG that the ARLCo Council could and should “dig” into. (Yes, the natural gas distribution pipes are Washington Gas’s, but the replacement work should be, as much as possible, coordinated with water and sewage pipe replacement in order to reduce costs (and the charges that will be passed on to consumers for the replacements) and to minimize road surface and vehicular traffic disruptions.

  • E-Ross

    The real and important question here that no one is asking is… can I still get to Ravi Kabob (#2)?? Are they still open?

    • DarkHeart

      Why not go to Ravi #1?

      • CW

        Ravi #1 makes me go #2…are they sure that’s not the source of the gas leak?

  • Arlwhenver

    Saw the backup going southbound on Glebe through Ballston in time to turn left at Randolph, and cut through neigborhoods to get over to Irving St., which I took south across Rte 50. That’s the way to go if you can do it.

    • IrvingStreeter

      Just obey the speed limit on Irving and don’t straddle the center line on the speed humps. Otherwise our neighborhood vigilantes will getcha.

      • Arlwhenver

        I have no problem complying with the speed limit — and complied before all the traffic calming contrivances were installled, But not taking advantage of the straddle to save my sciatica and suspension when there’s no oncoming traffic is asking too much.

  • zzzzz

    Arlington Alert says the southbound lanes are now re-opened. Northbound lanes are still closed.

  • Josh S

    I went northbound on Glebe at about 3:45 and it wasn’t a big deal at all. Road closed, everyone detoured onto Rte 50 west, but there was no backup at all on Glebe, really. (Looked bad getting off at Geo Mason, so I continued all the way to Target and headed north there.) I wonder if all the Arlington Alerts, blog posts, etc worked to scare people away.

    Also, northbound again through the scene around 6:15 and both lanes were open. Again, no real traffic issues.

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