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Update: Traffic resumes as Terasen deals with West Kelowna gas leak

Friday, April 2nd, 2010 | 4:00 pm

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Update: At around 3:30 p.m. Terasen gas spokesperson Marcus Wong called in to say that the gas leak had been fixed, and traffic patters were back to normal.

Kelowna.com Staff 9:45 a.m.

Westside residents had a scenic commute into Kelowna Friday morning after a gas leak at the corner of Grizzly Road and Highway 97, prompted Terasen Gas to closeĀ  the highway and re-route traffic onto Old Okanagan Highway.

According to Terasen gas spokesperson Marcus Wong, at approximately 6 p.m.Thursday, a pipe was struck by a third-party who was completing excavation work.

“Our crews were on scene, along with the local fire department, last night,” said Wong. “No one was evacuated and no service was lost.”

Wong saidĀ  Terasen Gas crews will remain at the scene until the leak has been repaired, though he offered no timetable on when the job might be completed.

“We are currently looking for the best way to make the repairs without disrupting the service,” he said, adding that while the odour of gas has been reported in the vicinity, no one is at risk.

“The gas is simply venting into the atmosphere and that is normal and safe,” he said. “The the only issue now is the traffic disruption.”

That new path runs from where the highway meets Butt Road, up along Old Okanagan Highway, then back to the main passage through Daimler Drive.

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