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Gas Line Ruptured During Kilauea Avenue Construction

December 16, 2013, 1:13 PM HST
* Updated December 17, 9:45 AM
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The ongoing Kilauea Avenue repaving project resulted in a larger-than-usual road closure this morning after construction crews apparently severed a natural gas pipe.

The Hawaii Fire Department said the rupture was reported just after 7 a.m. near the intersection of Kilauea and Aupuni Street. As a result, Kilauea Avenue was closed to traffic from Hoku Street to Mohouli Street.

The leak was repaired within two hours by a crew from Hawaii Gas.

The company told the county that gas line has not been in use, and was capped by its workers today.

For the past several weeks, the repaving work has resulted in traffic restrictions in the area between Aupuni Street and the Wailoa Bridge where traffic is being restricted to the Puna-direction only.

Except for local traffic, downtown-bound vehicles are being re-routed up Mohouli Street.

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the month.

***Updated at 4:17 p.m.***

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