Research Drive Natural Gas Leak Under Control

Area is safe for pedestrian and motor vehicle travel

A natural gas leak temporarily disrupted construction off of Research Drive this morning, but was quickly put under control.

The Duke University Police Department received a call at 10:13 a.m. this morning after construction crews near the E.A. Morris Clinical Research Building struck a natural gas line while digging into the ground. Crews were cleared from the site so PSNC Energy, which manages the line, could shut off gas flow and properly ventilate the site.

Major Sara-Jane Raines, operations commander for Duke Police, said the gas line is receiving repairs and the problem is contained. Raines noted that the area is safe for pedestrian and motor vehicle travel and traffic was only impacted for about five minutes while PSNC arrived to begin work on the line.