A ruptured gas line shut down road work on Tattersall Drive Saturday, but the busy Saanich road should be open for good late next month.
Workers were installing new sidewalks last week and had to pound large spikes in the ground to help with the formwork. One of the spikes appears to have punctured a gas line, but kept it sealed until Saturday when the spike was removed.
“Everything seemed like it was copacetic until they started taking (spikes) out on the weekend and it started releasing the gas flow,” said Saanich’s manager of transportation Jim Hemstock.
The area was closed to workers for a couple hours until the line was fixed, but crews returned later in the day and remain on site.
Hemstock says they’re a little behind schedule, as there was more soil than originally expected that had to be hauled out, and a few extra subterranean utilities were in poor shape and needed replacing.
The $3 million project is being done by a numbered company created specifically for this job.