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Lanes on 316 open after gas leak

LAWRENCEVILLE — A gas leak that shut down eastbound and westbound lanes of Ga. Highway 316, between Collins Hill Road and Walther Boulevard, in Lawrenceville on Friday afternoon was cleared by 3:17 p.m., a fire spokesman said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 12:50 p.m.

Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said a road crew hit a gas line while boring underground to install bridge pylons, and firefighters found an active leak and a strong odor of gas on arrival.

The administrative building and wellness center at Georgia Gwinnett College were evacuated as a precaution.

Rutledge said an emergency crew from Lawrenceville Gas stopped the leak but crews were challenged by the depth of the 12-inch ruptured steel line, estimated at 20 feet below ground. An emergency crew stopped the leak after shutting off two separate valves and allowing residual gas to dissipate.