A gas leak shut down FM2181 in Corinth for several hours Monday with repairs expected to go into the night, according to Corinth police officials.
Corinth Assistant Police Chief Greg Wilkerson and the Texas Department of Transportation estimated an eight-hour repair time for the leak.
“By our estimation it could go into the dark hours [Monday] as late as 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.,” Wilkerson said.
The leak started around 11:30 a.m. when contractors for TxDOT doing some excavation work struck a 20-inch gas main that had been rerouted. Wilkerson said the workers were digging in the correct area but that the line was in an area that was not marked.
The leak forced the complete shutdown of both eastbound and westbound lanes. Westbound traffic was diverted through the Bank of America parking lot and eastbound traffic was being turned on to Hickory Creek Boulevard into Albertson’s so that motorists could go north or south, Wilkerson said.