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Gas Main Break Closes Route 34 in Oswego

Mar 24, 2016 10:00AM ● By Steven Jack
UPDATED 12:40 P.M. THURSDAY: Eastbound Route 34 is now open.

A large natural gas main break forced the closure of eastbound Route 34 from Douglas Road to Fifth Street Thursday morning. 

According to the Oswego Fire Protection District, crews were called to the area of the 2700 block of Route 34 at about 8:45 a.m. for a report of a strong gas odor. 

"Prevailing winds have caused the odor to drift southerly," the OFPD said. "Subsequently, a number of additional calls have been received from neighborhoods to the south of US Route 34, also for the smell of natural gas in the area. At this time, it is believed the only break is along US Route 34." 

According to Michele Brown, community relations manager with the village, businesses in the area have also been affected. Currently Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Bridgeview Bank and the Vitamin Shoppe  are all closed to customers.

Nicor crews were already working on trenching in the area, and are now working to fix the main break, which could take several hours. Fire crews will remain on the scene to monitor gas levels in the area, Brown said.