Gas leak shuts down Pleasant Hill

DULUTH - For the second time in as many days, a major road was closed for several hours because of a gas leak.

Pleasant Hill Road closed in both directions Wednesday from North Berkeley Lake Road to Buford Highway after a construction crew digging with a backhoe struck a four-inch gas line.

The road closed about noon, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Thomas Rutledge said. It reopened at 2:03 p.m.

On Tuesday, two apartment complexes and a shopping center were evacuated along Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross after a gas line was cut on Sunrise Village Lane.

Six businesses in the Asian Village shopping center were evacuated and three people had to leave the Jasmine at the Lake apartments. Jimmy Carter Boulevard was closed from just before 10 a.m. until 2:41 p.m.

Rutledge said no one was evacuated at the Pleasant Hill leak, but residents at four homes were asked to stay inside for the duration of the leak. The fire department was monitoring gas levels and had a hose line in place to protect members of a crew from Atlanta Gas Light that was sent to work on the


No one was injured.

Teri Pope, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said the leak was caused when BellSouth or a contractor tried to move telephone lines for a GDOT project.

The department is building a bridge for Pleasant Hill to go over Buford Highway and the railroad tracks that are next to it, and will construct an interchange so drivers can access Buford Highway from Pleasant Hill.