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Natural Gas Leak Shuts Down 22 Freeway At 405

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GARDEN GROVE (CBS) — Authorities say a natural gas leak has prompted the closure of the eastbound Garden Grove (22) Freeway at the San Diego (405) junction and part of Valley View Street.

A gas line broke during construction in the area, California Highway Patrol Officer Gabe Montoya said, prompting the closure at about 12:20 p.m.

Drivers were being taken off the freeway and routed around the problem, he said. Emergency work is expected to last until at least 7 p.m.

Valley View Street remains closed in both directions from Tiffany Avenue to Old Bolsa Road.

Also closed are:

  • south 405 connector to east 22
  • Garden Grove Boulevard from the south 405 off-ramp to the Valley View Street intersection
  • west 22 Valley View Street onramp
  • south 405 Bolsa Chica Road offramp

Update: By 10 p.m. all lane of the 405 were re-opened. According to CHP, crews were still working on the leak but it was no longer affecting traffic on the 405.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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