UPDATE: Gas-line break closes southbound 26th SW in Westwood

10:17 AM: Northbound 26th SW is already closed south of Westwood Village because of road work; you’ll want to avoid the southbound side for a while too, as Seattle Fire is there for a gas-leak response.

10:33 AM: Southbound 26th is also closed at Barton. We can’t get close enough to ask questions but a crew is working on it.

2:45 PM: Since this is the construction zone for King County-led road work related to bus routing, we tracked down information from Metro spokesperson Jeff Switzer, who tells WSB:

At about 9:45 a.m. Seattle Fire crews arrived in response to a natural gas leak in the construction zone in the northbound lanes of 26th Avenue SW, halfway between SW Barton and SW Cambridge streets. The southbound lanes were closed while Puget Sound Energy and fire crews worked to identify and contain the leak. According to preliminary information, a crew for the contractor was sawcutting concrete panels near the middle of the roadway and cut into a 1-inch-diameter natural gas service line that was just below the depth of the roadway. No injuries were reported. The southbound roadway is estimated to remain closed until 8 p.m. while crews replace the gas line at a proper depth. The southbound roadway will reopen to traffic once work is complete; the northbound roadway remains closed and under construction for the coming months.

7:30 PM: SB 26th is open again.

3 Replies to "UPDATE: Gas-line break closes southbound 26th SW in Westwood"

  • trickycoolj August 6, 2021 (11:56 am)

    New construction site, new gas leak.  That’s 3 or 4 this summer?  I lived in Northgate when damaged gas lines exploded a house, are any of these incidents receiving penalties?

  • 1994 August 6, 2021 (5:12 pm)

    The construction has only just got started in the last couple of days and already a gas line leak??? Scary. Thank goodness it is not winter and people losing their heat.

  • trisha August 7, 2021 (1:15 am)

    For people living on 26th Ave between Westwood village and Roxbury there is one lane that is open occasionally.  The USPS has decided none of us need our mailed delivered and haven’t had any packages or mail since it has started.  What is up with that??? I get USPS informed delivery to me email that tells me what will be sent in the mail that day.  None of that has been delivered to me since Wednesday.  Shame on you USPS for being lazy not willing to walk up and down the road to deliver the mail!!!Its a good thing I don’t have meds being delivered but others might not be so lucky!!! Any suggestions????

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