By Sam Elliott
A telecom company contractor’s drilling led to a gas leak June 3 on 116th Street.
While the leak was able to be contained and stopped with no threat to nearby residents or needing to evacuate any homes, the situation caused residents an inconvenience as a stretch of 116th Street was closed from near Cumberland Road to near Hoosier Road at an inopportune time of the day.
“Around 3:45 or 4 p.m. (June 3), there was a contractor working for one of the telecom companies boring something underground. They hit a gas line that was not marked and had a gas leak, so they had to shut down the road in order to bring equipment in,” Fishers Director of Engineering Jeff Hill said. “They went on both sides of the road and crimped down the pipe to stop the gas leak and open the road back up. It was probably closed until close to 7 p.m., so it was unfortunate timing.
“It was sealed off, so everything is safe now and there’s no real threat,” he added. “It was a fairly significant inconvenience, but the gas company has started working on restoration to get that main back in service.”
While nearby residents weren’t in harm’s way from the leak, the area’s road closure left one neighborhood’s residents stuck in or out.
“We’re one of the only neighborhoods in Fishers with only one entrance and exit,” Spyglass Falls homeowner’s association president Nate Kellner said. “That gas leak actually happened right across from our entrance, so nobody from our neighborhood for about three hours could get in or out of the neighborhood … We were pretty much stuck with nowhere to go.”
Kellner said the sole entrance and exit for Spyglass Falls, at Klotz Farm Boulevard and 116th, has become the biggest issue he deals with as HOA president between accidents at the non-signaled intersection and traffic making coming and going difficult anytime construction crews are in the area.
“It has been a battle for years,” Kellner said. “We actually just had a meeting coincidentally, and the city is going to start looking at what the feasible options are for another entrance to our neighborhood.”
According to current city codes passed after Spyglass Falls’ construction, subdivisions with more than 49 homes built today are required to include a secondary access point.
“They’ve been in good communication with city officials and the neighborhood next to them and there’s been good dialogue,” Hill said. “I certainly hear their concerns … We’re still in the mode of gathering a little bit of additional data and then we’ll present a few options of action we could take to our board of public works and safety in the coming weeks or months.”