Main gas line ruptures, shuts down MLK

by Wes Mayer


A gas main was cut by a construction crew Wednesday afternoon at a site at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Dodson Street where a discount store is being built just west of Central Educational Center. 

A portion of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive was shut down to traffic Wednesday following an incident in which a construction crew ruptured an unmarked natural gas line around Dodson Street.

The site is about a block west of Central Educational Center.

Authorities with the Newnan Police Department and Newnan Fire Department were called to the scene around 4 p.m., and Martin Luther King was closed between Price Street and Dodson Street, said Newnan Fire Chief David Whitley. Dodson Street was also closed from Martin Luther King to Octavia Place, but Ball Street remained open. Authorities rerouted traffic and evacuated people from the area.

Officials with Atlanta Gas Light were called to the scene arrived around 4:30 p.m. The gas officials had to dig around the main line, which was around two to four inches in diameter, in order to shut off the gas, and estimated late Wednesday the process would take anywhere from an hour-and-a-half to four hours.

Whitley said the line was ruptured during the construction of a new Dollar General store.

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