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Gas leak shuts down Ga. 20

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A natural gas leak shut down several lanes of a major Gwinnett thoroughfare Friday morning.

A construction crew working near the intersection of Ga. Highways 20 and 316 struck a gas main while digging beside the roadway, forcing Gwinnett County firefighters to be dispatched at about 11 a.m., spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

As gas company officials worked to repair the ruptured line, police and firefighters temporarily closed three lanes of Ga. 20. All lanes of Ga. 316 remained open, Rutledge said.

The leaked was stopped quickly, and all traffic lanes aside from one turn lane were immediately reopened at about 11:40 a.m. The turn lane remained closed "a while longer" as the gas company continued to repair the line, Rutledge said.

No injuries or evacuations were reported.