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Gas leak closes several North Lexington roads

Work crews were struggling late Saturday afternoon to complete repairs after an overnight gas line break in the Georgetown Road-Newtown Pike area.

Columbia Gas of Kentucky spokeswoman Lisa Smith said construction crews working around New Circle Road accidentally punctured the 12-inch, high-pressure gas line at about midnight Friday.

No injuries were reported, and Columbia Gas of Kentucky said that only about 10 customers, many of which may have been commercial users, were affected. But there was a strong gas smell around the affected area, which included New Circle between Georgetown Road and Newtown Pike, and the area near Nandino Boulevard.

Lexington Police closed off several stretches of roadway, including New Circle between Georgetown Rooad and Newtown Pike, while repairs continued.

Repairs were lengthy, Smith said, because it was crews had problems excavating the 8-foot deep line. Crews digging to reach the line encountered concrete and other problems, she said.

Smith estimated that work would be completed by about 7 p.m. Saturday.