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Excavator hits gas line at Lakepoint

A crew from NW Natural Gas Services works to repair a broken gas line Friday afternoon, Jan. 17 at the corner of Inland Shores Way N and Lakepoint Place N. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes

A gas leak has restricted traffic at Inland Shores Way North and Lakepoint Place North.

Around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, the leak was reported. A crew from NW Natural Gas Services responded to make repairs.

Melissa Moore, corporate communications manager for NW Natural, said work was being done at the pool house at the Lakeside at Inland Shores Apartments.

“An excavator hit a half-inch gas line,” Moore said. “The gas is off and repairs are being made.”

Moore said crews try to be on the scene in 30 minutes to an hour.

“More than 500 times a year people hit a gas line,” she said. “We always respond right away. The time it takes (for repairs) just depends on the extent of the damage.”

Moore said federal law requires anyone digging to call 8-1-1 two days before so lines can be located.

Traffic was not able to go east on Inland Shores Way from Lakepoint, but nearby businesses such as Chase Bank could still be accessed by coming the other way on Inland Shores from River Road N, via Promenade Way N.