March 30--PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- All roads closed Wednesday night because of a gas line rupture were reopened by 3 a.m. Thursday, according to Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré.
The leak was first discovered at 8:15 p.m., forcing closure of Route 195 in both directions, Allens Avenue and local streets in the area, Paré told the Providence Journal Thursday morning. The roads were reopened after gas company National Grid made temporary repairs that stopped the leak at about 3 a.m.
Gas service to Rhode Island Hospital was restored shortly before then, Paré said, adding that other businesses, which had to be shut off individually, will have service restored as they open Thursday morning.
National Grid will work today to make permanent repairs to the line, Paré said, adding that he was uncertain whether the leak was because of a broken pipe, a faulty valve or some other equipment. The leak occurred outside a concrete building owned by National Grid that houses equipment to distribute natural gas. The building is below an elevated section of the highway near Club Desire.
Paré said officials will investigate what caused the leak.
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