Huge Gas Leak Causes Havoc in Riverdale
By Robert Press
BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 12- The scene was chaos at the corner of the Henry Hudson Parkway North service road and West 239th Street during construction a huge gas leak was discovered at 2 p.m. today.
Con Edison workers were all around the site of a gas leak that occurred as the Con Edison contractor was connecting two different gas lines during the 'Oil to Gas' conversion by Con Edison contractors. The fire department stood ready with a hose that was attached to a nearby hydrant just in case.
All roads to and around the West 238th Street overpass of the Henry Hudson Parkway were closed as a precaution. That meant that Riverdale Avenue north was closed to traffic at West 238th Street, as was the northbound HHP service road. Also closed was the West 239th Street overpass to southbound parkway service road traffic. All northbound MTA buses were detoured onto Independence Avenue at West 232nd Street.
This lasted into the rush hour as it took hours to fix the leak by using smaller bypass piping. One unidentified worker for the contractor who wished to remain anonymous told me that it was a Con Edison employee and not a contracted worker who was responsible for the major gas leak.