Breaking News Bar
updated: 8/14/2012 6:26 PM

Two gas leaks shut down Route 64 in St. Charles, West Chicago

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • A West Chicago Community officer keeps guard over a gas leak along Route 64 in West Chicago Tuesday. The road was closed from Kautz to Powis. Motorists were encouraged to take alternate routes.

       A West Chicago Community officer keeps guard over a gas leak along Route 64 in West Chicago Tuesday. The road was closed from Kautz to Powis. Motorists were encouraged to take alternate routes.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

 
 

A roughly two-mile stretch of Route 64 remains shut down in St. Charles and West Chicago due to two separate gas leaks.

The St. Charles Fire Department sent out an alert about two leaks on Route 64 about 12:30 p.m. indicating the leaks were at Powis Road and Route 64 in West Chicago and at 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Both the fire department and Nicor crews responded to the gas main strikes, and as of 1:30 p.m., Route 64 remained closed between Kautz Road and Route 59.

Officials said the leak at 4051 E. Main St. had been shut down at 1 p.m., but natural gas was still leaking from the second break at Powis Road and Route 64 as of 6 p.m.

St. Charles officials said traffic to local businesses in the closed area was being allowed as repairs were under way.

A Nicor spokesman said both leaks were caused by third-party contractors.

A contractor struck a 2-inch plastic main at 4051 E. Main St. at 12:45 p.m., which cut off gas to the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel at Route 64 and Pleasant Hill Road, said Nicor spokesman Craig Whyte. Although the leak was stopped by 1 p.m., service to the hotel remained down as of 6 p.m.

The strike at Powis Road and Route 64 ruptured a 2-inch steel main, but no customers in the area lost service.

Nicor did not have an estimate as to when the main would be repaired.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here