Updated: Bradley Avenue reopens after gas leak

Updated: Bradley Avenue reopens after gas leak

Street and rail traffic have resumed after a gas leak Tuesday morning.

Ameren workers shut a valve leading to a broken gas line in Champaign on Tuesday afternoon, and officials say the streets and railroads in that neighborhood have reopened.

A southbound Amtrak train was stopped north of Champaign by the gas leak that also closed city streets near Bradley Avenue and Oak Street in Champaign.

A northbound train from Carbondale was able to get to the Illinois Terminal after the gas leak was reported Tuesday morning, according to Marc Magliari, Amtrak spokesman.

But he said a train from Chicago was stopped north of town until the tracks through that part of town are reopened.

Champaign officials said shortly after 2 p.m. that the valve has been shut off and Ameren is waiting for the gas to "bleed out." 

A construction crew in Champaign hit the high-pressure gas line Tuesday morning, and Bradley Avenue was closed between Market and Fourth streets.

Also closed were Oak Street, North Chestnut Street at Bradley, and North Clock Street at Bradley.

A city news release said Oak Trace apartments were evacuated as a precaution, and that Champaign fire crews are monitoring but so far have found no elevated gas readings in any buildings.

At 11:45 a.m., the city said, Ameren estimated repairs will take about 3 hours.

A News-Gazette photographer on the scene said the gas line break was at the site of the expansion of the Church of the Living God on Bradley near Fourth. Some housing in the area has been evacuated as a precaution. 


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