South Road Gas Leak was a “Minimal Hazard”

Authorities closed a section of South Road for several hours Wednesday in response to a natural gas leak that turned out to be an old service line.

A heavy piece of paving equipment “pinched” the line “and created a small leak under the ground pavement,” said Fire Chief David Grunes in an email.

“There was minimal hazard, it was a short section in the road of an old capped service line that no longer went to a property. It did not impact the actual main on South Road,” the chief wrote. He said National Grid brought in two backhoes to locate, isolate and repair the leak.

Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad, in an email to parents shortly after noon, announced that police closed South Road between Hartwell Road and Evergreen Avenue. “The afternoon buses will not be able to travel that portion of South Road until the matter is resolved. Bedford Charter will do their best to reroute the buses so they may cover the majority of their routes, which will result in delays this afternoon.”

The section was closed for approximately four hours to all traffic – “it was already shut down to general traffic due to the paving,” Grunes noted.

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