Jacksonville's Western Boulevard Reopens After Gas Leak

A natural gas leak closed down a portion of a major street in Jacksonville.

Police say Western Boulevard, between Commerce Road and Brynn Marr Road, was shut down so crews could repair the leak near the IHOP Restaurant.

The fire department says they are there as only a precaution while the line was fixed.

The road reopened around 3:45 p.m. to traffic.


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  • by Tony on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:23 AM
    they need to close the whole town down.
  • by Marty Location: Jax on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    Don't be a bunch of boneheads. When is the last time the fire dept was called out to help chase a crook. Also if a leak is able to be isolated by valves. It poses no threat. Grow up children and stop watching so much tv.
  • by Jessica Location: Near the said Ihop on Jan 17, 2012 at 01:18 PM
    Thats weird because I was there during the said time and there were no crews, plus if the gas leak story was true then why werent any of the buildings evacuated? Like I said I was there and there were no crews, no work being done anywhere no fire trucks, nothing but a closed road and a alarming amount of police officers driving all over the place. Come on people this is a govt town, we all should know a big lie when we see one. There was no gas leak. What I witnessed for about an hour looked more like a man hunt. I wish our town wasnt so seedy and dishonest. It would avoid confusion and a bunch of people creating stories about bomb threats at the mall.
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      by lil ole me on Jan 17, 2012 at 05:02 PM in reply to Jessica
      Commerce is all the way by the old walmart. I'm with you on this if there was a gas leak why weren't businesses evacuated i.e.: the community college, the mall, the hospital, the clinics behind the hospital..it doesn't make sense to have that large of an area shut down but no businesses affected??
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      by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 05:16 PM in reply to Jessica
      Occasionally but not too often, there is some truth around here. There really was a gas leak to repair. Gas explosions/fires can kill. Unfortunately, J'ville is a govt. run town all too often as you say.
  • by James Location: Jacksonville on Jan 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM
    I hope they get it fixed before 4pm because traffic is really messed up right now and around 4pm the base traffic will pick up as the work day ends causing nightmare traffic.
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