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Gas leak shuts down Ridge Road traffic

A reported gas leak in the 10000 block of Ridge Road required a detour for motorists for much of Friday.

PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles said crew members had been working on the leak since 1:30 a.m. Friday, attempting to locate and repair a 6-inch steel line.

"When it's a steel line, it's a lot longer process to both stop the gas from flowing and do the repair," Boyles said. "You have to isolate the area and weld in temporary valves to stop the gas on a steel line. In all likelihood, once they get it isolated, it should probably take them less than half an hour to do the repair."

The leak posed no danger to the neighborhood, Boyles said, estimating that the repairs would be completed by 10 p.m. Friday.

Initially, Boyles said, it appeared the leak would cause only lane controls on Ridge Road, but eventually traffic was diverted from the area altogether. Nevada City School District made changes to its bus schedule to address the detour, according to parents with students in the district.