UPDATED: Columbia Pike blocked again due to gas leak at construction site

For the second time in as many weeks Columbia Pike was closed due to a gas leak apparently caused by construction activity.

The incident happened shortly before noon on the Pike near S. George Mason Drive.

Initial reports suggest that a pair of one-inch gas lines were struck by a construction crew and natural gas was actively venting from the leak. Arlington County firefighters responded to the scene and the Pike was blocked in both directions.

Washington Gas crews arrived and worked to stop the leak.

This section of the Pike has been under construction since 2022 as part of the ongoing Columbia Pike Multimodal Street Improvements project. Construction on this segment, centered around S. George Mason Drive, is set to wrap up in 2025.

The road reopened around 12:30 p.m.