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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 12/16/2011

White Flint station and Rockville Pike reopen after gas leak

11:55 A.M. Update:

All northbound lanes have reopened on the Rockville Pike outside of the White Flint Metro station. Expect some residual delays due to the earlier lane closures that shut down the roadway in both directions.

Washington Gas crews remain on the scene as they work on repairing the main, said Ruben Rodriguez, spokesman for the utility company. He said there are no service interruptions.

11:40 A.M. Update:

A two-inch gas line was struck by utility workers on Friday morning, closing a stretch of the Rockville Pike as well as the White Flint Metro station.

The Rockville Pike was blocked in both directions between Marinelli Drive and Nicholson Lane. Southbound lanes have reopened, while northbound lanes are expected to reopen by noon, according to Beth Anne Nesselt, spokeswoman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

The White Flint station reopened shortly after 11:15 a.m. Trains kept passing through the station during the closure, so there were no delays expected on the Red Line.

“Everything is expected to be back to normal shortly,” Nesselt said.

The fire department received a call about the gas line at 10:23 a.m. They set up a 300 foot perimeter and stopped all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The gas leak was controlled by 11:10 a.m., she said.

They monitored the nearby U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission offices, but detected no gas in that building.

11:23 A.M. Update:

The Rockville Pike remains closed in both directions at Nicholson Lane in North Bethesda due to the possible gas leak.

11:18 A.M. Update:

The White Flint station has been given the all-clear to reopen and is reopening, according to chief Metrochief spokesman Dan Stessel.

The potential gas leak was initially reported as outside the station, and as a result the White Flint station was shut down. Trains were still passing through the station, so Red Line service wasn’t impacted, but trains were not stopping.

Shuttle bus service had been requested for the Twinbrook and Grosvenor stations, but that will be canceled now that the White Flint station is reopened.

Original Post:

The White Flint station on the Red Line is closed due to a gas leak outside the station, according to Metro. Shuttle bus service has been requested between the Twinbrook and Grosvenor stops. We’ll provide more information as we get it.

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