Update on 4/2/20 — The repairs were completed and the roadway is back open.
Update at 4:50 p.m. — Walter Reed Drive is now closed in both directions while crews work to stop the leak and repair the line.
Earlier: The southbound lanes of Walter Reed Drive are blocked due to a significant outdoor gas leak south of Columbia Pike.
The leak was reported shortly before 2:30 p.m., near the intersection of Walter Reed and 11th Street S. Arlington police and firefighters are on the scene.
Initial reports suggest a gas line larger than 2 inches was struck by a construction crew, prompting the closure and extra precautions. First responders are now checking natural gas levels on the ground floor of the adjacent apartment building while awaiting the arrival of Washington Gas.
INCIDENT: BROKEN GAS LINE
LOCATION: COLUMBIA PIKE AND WALTER REED
IMPACT: SOUTHBOUND WALTER REED FROM COLUMBIA PIKE TO 11TH ST SOUTH IS CURRENTLY SHUT DOWN DUE TO A BROKEN GAS LINE, WASHINGTON GAS HAS BEEN NOTIFIED, UNK ETA FOR CLOSURE pic.twitter.com/WtWtRjv92r
— Arlington Alert (@ArlingtonAlert) April 1, 2020