Delmarva Power crew fixing gas leak on Main Street Newark area


East Main Street between Library Avenue and Chapel Street in Newark was closed for a time, beginning Monday morning due to an apparent gas leak.

Newark Police Department and Aetna fire crews were called to the scene.

East Main Street was later opened, with Delmarva Power crews at the scene making repairs. Motorists were advised to be cautious when traveling in the area.

Delmarva reported a natural gas service line was struck at 212 East Main Street as part of a repaving project, according to spokesmanTimothy Stokes.

A Delmarva Power crew was able to quickly assess the damage, contain the leak, and is now at work on repairs.

The damage to this service line has only affected one commercial customer, with service expected to be restored to our customer sometime Monday night.

Stokes noted that Delmarva worked with Aetna and police once the leak was detected, with first responders receiving training on incidents.

A project that will reconstruct Main Street is underway in the area. The project has been controversial, due to the disruptions it will cause for motorists and businesses.

The Delaware Department of Transportation said it had no choice but to undertake the project, due to the condition of the surface below an area that would otherwise be repaved.

The utility operates a natural gas distribution system in northern New Castle County.

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