Apex, N.C. — N.C. Highway 55 has reopened following a natural gas leak Tuesday evening in Apex.
Authorities said the leak occurred near the intersection of N.C. 55 and Lufkin Road.
N.C. 55 was closed in both directions for a 1.5 mile stretch between U.S. Highway 1 and the Williams Street intersection for about 90 minutes, causing heavy delays during rush hour.
Businesses in the area were evacuated for safety.
Police said about three-quarters of the gas line was cut by a crew installing data lines in the area.
“They immediately stopped work and called 911,” said Apex Police Chief John Letteney.
The gas was shut off as crews repaired the leak.