Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Route 61 Shutdown Enters Second Day: Crews Work Around the Clock to Fix Gas Leak


A full day later, Route 61 remains closed between Frackville and St. Clair in Schuylkill County for a natural gas leak.

Around 7:45am, Tuesday, emergency personnel were called to the area of Route 61 and Darkwater Road for a report of a natural gas leak.

St. Clair fire personnel arrived on scene and confirmed a leak.

Fire police were requested to shut down the northbound lanes at the Walmart intersection in St. Clair and the southbound lanes at the mall ramp near Frackville.  Darkwater Road between Route 61 and  Peach Mountain Road/Mount Laffee Road also remains closed

It was later revealed that work was being done on the Route 61 project when workers struck a UGI Natural Gas Line.

By noon time, Schuylkill Emergency Management reported that the road will be closed for an extended of time and afternoon commuters should plan alternate routes for their ride home if they use the Route 61 corridor.

The road remained closed overnight as crews continued to work on the situation.

PennDOT spokesperson Ron Young said Wednesday morning that repairs are still being made to the gas line and there is no estimate on how long those repairs will take or when Route 61 will reopen.

Schuylkill County Emergency Management Director reports that "Route 61 will be closed this morning until a permanent fix is complete".

Morning commuters reported seeing some congestion on detours over the Burma Road and through the Minersville Area, but overall traffic kept moving.