A natural-gas line was damaged by a construction crew April 2 on East Wilson Bridge Road, according to Worthington officials.

Crews from Columbia Gas of Ohio were on site for repairs, but gas service was expected to be off for several hours April 2, according to the city's social-media accounts. Residents and motorists were asked to avoid the stretch of East Wilson Bridge Road between High Street and Worthington-Galena Road.

However, the situation had been made safe shortly after 2 p.m. and East Wilson Bridge Road opened not long after 2:30 p.m., according to the Columbia Gas spokeswoman Kelli Nowinsky.

The situation has been made safe. The road will reopen within the next 15-20 minutes. (c/c@TWNeilThompson /@WorthingtonOhio)

— Columbia Gas of Ohio (@ColumbiaGasOhio)April 2, 2019

Nowinsky said as of noon, Wednesday, April 3, gas service had not been restored for some customers because they haven’t been available for crews to access their homes.

She said a crew is in the area restoring service and those who need their service restored should call 800-344-4077 to set up a time.

Nowinsky said 67 customers, including businesses and residents, were affected when a third party hit the gas line and caused the damage.

“We have crews out there just trying to contain it and fix it,” she said shortly after 1 p.m. April 2.

Nowinsky said East Wilson Bridge Road had been closed in both directions, starting in the 200 block, before it was reopened early that afternoon.

Chief John Bailot of the Worthington Fire and Emergency Medical Services Division said the division received a call about the incident at 9:46 a.m. April 2.

He said a construction crew working on East Wilson Bridge Road struck the high-pressure gas line.

Bailot said he didn’t know if the call was related to the ongoing water-line replacement project on East Wilson Bridge Road. 

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