Sixth Street reopened after gas leak west of downtown

Story updated: 9:42 a.m. Thursday.

Sixth Street has reopened after being shut down because of a gas leak in a construction area Thursday morning.

The street was reopened about 9:40 a.m., Lawrence Police Department spokesman Patrick Compton said. He said it had been closed to traffic in both directions between Ohio and Tennessee streets for close to 30 minutes, until Black Hills Energy arrived on scene and shut the gas off.

Compton said the energy company was still working to repair the problem but that the area was safe and traffic was flowing normally.

The leak was first reported at about 9 a.m., and first responders began shutting down the road shortly afterward.

Construction on a right-turn lane leading up to the intersection of Sixth and Tennessee streets began at the end of June and was expected to last through August.


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