North Atherton Street reopen after gas line break

A gas line break in the 1900 block of North Atherton Street has traffic backed up along the corridor between Aaron Drive in Ferguson Township and Colonnade Boulevard in Patton Township, according to Alpha Fire Company.

Patton Township Police Chief John Petrick said road crews struck the gas line in front of Lohr’s Garage at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, adding that there is no danger.

“If there were any risk, we wold have immediately evacuated the area,” he said.

One lane of traffic is open in each direction, and Columbia Gas workers are on the scene attempting to repair the break. Repairs may be ongoing into the night, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Petrick said northbound traffic will be redirected to Woodycrest Street and southbound traffic to Colonnade Way until the road reopens. Traffic flow, he said, is moving at a slower pace than usual.

Other possible detours include Interstate 99, Colonnade Boulevard and Waddle Road.

PennDOT advises bicyclists and pedestrians to avoid the closed section of Atherton Street.

Unrelated to the gas line break, drivers on Park Avenue should be aware of an alternating traffic pattern between Atherton and Allen streets while a sink hole is being repaired.