Eastbound lanes of State Highway 199, between Azle Avenue and Boat Club Road in Lake Worth reopened Friday afternoon around 2 p.m., hours after the roadway was shutdown over a gas leak.
A third-party contractor doing work unrelated to Atmos Energy was working at 6535 Lake Worth Blvd. when the natural gas service line was damaged, Atmos officials said.
At 9:30 a.m., Atmos said repairs to the line could possibly take another three to four hours. No evacuations were issued.
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Atmos Energy encourages people to call 811 before digging, and it's required by law.
"Because excavation damage poses the greatest threat to our natural gas system, Atmos Energy has launched a 'Pledge to Call 811' to underscore the importance of safe digging. Calling 811 is free, safe and it’s required by law. As an added incentive, Atmos Energy will donate $1 to the American Red Cross (up to $10,000) for every pledge completed online," Atmos said.