Gas line hit by fiber contractor; Belinder closed off for two blocks during repair

Kansas Gas crews in blue fire retardant suits work on repairing the damaged line.
Kansas Gas crews in blue fire retardant suits work on repairing the damaged line.

A gas leak near 49th Street along Belinder Road in Westwood caused two blocks of Belinder to be blocked off late Wednesday morning as the gas was shut off and the break repaired.

The leak was caused when a contractor for AT&T installing new fiber lines hit a gas line, according to city staff. It was not immediately clear if the break was in a line into a house or a larger line. Crews for Kansas Gas shut off service and were working on repairs. Initial reports were that the line was only hit with a hand shovel as contractors were attempting to visually locate the gas line before digging the underground cable line.

Ironically, the permit to do the digging had only been pulled hours earlier with the city. AT&T is installing underground fiber for its high-speed internet service along some of the same rights-of-way that Google dug up months ago to install its own high-speed service.

Besides Kansas Gas, Westwood police and Consolidated Fire District No. 2 were on the scene. Nearby residents were advised of the situation door-to-door but were not evacuated.