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Columbia Drive in Kennewick Back Open After Construction Crews Hit Natural Gas Line

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KENNEWICK, WA - Traffic is back to normal after construction crews hit a natural gas line on Columbia Drive in Kennewick. 

The leak happened around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday on Columbia Drive between Date and Gum Streets. 

This is the area where the City of Kennewick and the Port of Kennewick are working to build a new wine village. 

Crews with Cascade Natural Gas finished repairs to the gas line around 6:30 p.m. 

Supervisors with Big D's Construction say they even checked with Cascade Natural Gas for lines before starting demolition. 

"Proceeded to pull the footings out about twenty feet away was an unknown line. We heard a "POP" stopped immediately and called emergency services. We handled it as quick as possible and secured the area.  It's something we practice for all of the time.  We have safety meetings incase of different things that might happen," says supervisor Larry McGill with Big D's Construction. 

Supervisors from Big D's also say they will now have crews from Cascade Natural Gas on site for the rest of the demolition process as an extra precaution.


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Kennewick Police say a construction company doing some work Tuesday around 2:00 p.m. on Columbia Dr. and Date St. struck a natural gas line owned by Cascade Natural Gas. 

Police say the company checked for gas lines in the area prior to digging but did locate this line. 

Police closed down Columbia Dr. from Date St. to Gum St. So crews could shut off the line. 

Businesses in the area did not close during this incident. 

Police estimate they open the streets around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.

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