Update 7:00 p.m.: The gas line is now shut down and Atmos Energy is beginning repairs; TXDOT is also on scene assisting with the road closure. Southlake DPS will begin reopening 1709 within the next hour to traffic. During the incident, Southlake DPS continually checked air quality levels to ensure citizen and business safety and found no cause for concern. Southlake DPS expects to start opening up Southlake Blvd to traffic within the next hour.
Update 4:00 p.m.: Drivers using Southlake Boulevard are being rerouted to northbound & southbound Whites Chapel; and northbound Shady Oaks. Continental is an alternate eastbound/westbound route but Southlake DPS advises that traffic is heavy in the area. Southlake DPS also advises drivers to obey all electronic signs posted in the area and traffic officers who may be directing traffic.
At approximately 11:30 this morning a major gas line was cut in the 200 block of Southlake Boulevard (F.M. 1709). Southlake DPS currently has shut down 1709 from Whites Chapel to Shady Oaks due to the extensive leak. Crews are on scene working to close and repair the gas line. Due to the size of the line that was cut, it will be later this evening before the repair is fixed and the road reopened.
Southlake DPS is currently advising residents and travelers to avoid Southlake Boulevard and use alternate routes until later this evening. Look for updates on www.MySouthlakeNews.com or you can follow the City or Southlake DPS on Twitter for continuous updates on the road closure status.