Workers putting up a street sign on U Street ruptured a 2-inch gas line Friday morning, forcing police to briefly close two blocks to pedestrians and traffic.

Police reopened U Street in both directions of the 1200 and 1300 blocks at 10:40 a.m.

Rubin Rodriguez, a spokesman for Washington Gas, said a construction crew not affiliated with the gas company accidentally hit the line about 9:25 a.m.

The 1200 block of U Street is the heart of the entertainment corridor, with a Metro stop and numerous businesses and restaurants, including Ben’s Chili Bowl.