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Commercial Gas Leak Shuts Down Route 79 Corridor in Morganville

Police are detouring from Lloyd Road, Roosevelt Ave and Nolan Road.

A gas leak has shut down a portion of the Route 79 corridor in Morganville, from Lloyd Road to Tennent road.

Reported at approximately 8 a.m., the leak is due to commercial digging by a backhoe at the CVS Pharmacy construction site, after a contractor hit a main gas line at the shopping plaza next door.

Residents in nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution around 8:30 a.m. and allowed around 10 a.m. The gas lines were capped around 10 a.m., but the roadway remains shut down.

Police have shut down Route 79 at Tennent Road and Lloyd Road.

NJ Natural Gas is on the scene completely repairing the gas line, Mennona said the roadways will be a "little bit of a mess for a while."

Marlboro VoiceofReason December 05, 2012 at 01:35 PM
So dumb how these people arent careful!
rosemary conte December 05, 2012 at 05:51 PM
this is just the beginning of the ground environmental problems of building on that site!
cynicinmarlboro December 05, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Didn't they follow the rules and have the lines marked before they began digging? Everyone else is required to do that.
Marlboro VoiceofReason December 05, 2012 at 07:12 PM
At least three business days, prior to outdoor construction or digging, contractors and property owners – whoever is excavating – must call New Jersey One Call at 811 or 800-272-1000 and take the following steps: •Wait for the site to be marked with paint, flags or stakes. Yellow indicates the presence of underground natural gas lines. •Respect the marks and dig with care. •Hand dig within two feet of buried piping and facilities. •Be mindful that inclement weather may wash away the painted markings.
Grew up in Matawan December 05, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Where are they building the CVS? Where the bank, Central Mall, or the Exxon station? It has been a long time since I was in that part of the world.
Paul M December 06, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Nice stock photo - that's how it looked a month or more ago.
Paul M December 06, 2012 at 08:02 AM
@ Grew up: where Lloyd meets 79. cross 79 you're in the lot. Almost backs up to a superfund cleanup site - Orchard Pl Morganville.
Grew up in Matawan December 07, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Thank you Paul.
Kaitlyn Anness December 07, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Yes, the photo caption states that information.

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