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Update: Gas leak capped; Willow Road partially reopened

 

A gas leak on Willow Road in Menlo Park was capped this afternoon and the road has been partially reopened, fire and utility officials said.

The leak was reported at 12:24 p.m. in the area of 1350 Willow Road near Ivy Drive. It involved a 1-inch plastic service line and the leak was capped at 2:34 p.m., PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.

Eastbound Willow Road has reopened.

One lane for westbound traffic on Willow Road remained closed for roadway repairs.

Preliminary reports indicate the cause of the leak was an unseen gas line that was struck by a telecommunications company running fiber optic lines in a horizontal boring operation, fire officials said.

Nearby Mid-Peninsula High School, located at 1340 Willow Road, was ordered to shelter in place as a result of the leak. The campus was already mostly empty because students were at various local organizations as part of the school's Community Service Day, a school employee said.

Parents were told to pick up students at the Facebook campus entrance on Chilco Street during the road closure.

Crews were expected to finish the repairs in the area by around 4 p.m., according to Guidi.

— Almanac staff and Bay City News Service

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Posted by Gerturde
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Today I received two phone calls from the City of Menlo Park with no message. My neighbor received a partial message and thought it said that traffic was backed up at Willow because of lane striping on 101. Time to update the emergency messaging system. It would have been nice to know there was a gas leak nearby.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

It was very disappointing that SMC Alerts did not report on this incident.


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Posted by Water
a resident of another community
on Apr 22, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Water is a registered user.

You can get Menlo Park Police Dept alerts via text or email.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

SMC alerts DID notify re this incident - for some reason the alert did not reach my subscribed phone:

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04/22/15 14:51 Willow Road Update: The gas leak on Willow Road has been capped by PG&E. The travel restriction in the are has been lifted. East bound Willow Road is now open. West bound Willow Road is still closed between Bayfront Expressway and Ivy Drive.

Dan Bennett OES 99 - Sent for Menlo Park PD
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04/22/15 13:24 There has been a gas main break in the area of 1350 Willow Road in Menlo Park. Police, Fire and PG&E are on scene and evaluating the situation. Willow Road and surrounding streets are closed between Bayfront Expressway and Highway 101. Residents and businesses located inside the affected area are requested to limit travel as much as possible. We will put out additional updates as the situation changes.

Dan Bennett OES 99 - Sent for Menlo Park Police.


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