PARK CITY — Officials ordered the evacuation of several Park City buildings Monday evening due to a gas leak.
A little before 5 p.m., Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Park City Fire District ordered the evacuation of Ute Boulevard between state Route 224 and the Kimball Junction Transit Center roundabout.
As of 9 p.m., the order had been lifted and all area businesses were allowed to reopen. Park City Fire officials said road between McDonald’s and Taco Bell was still closed Monday night, and Landmark Loop was partially closed and couldn’t be accessed via Ute Boulevard, and vice versa.
According to fire officials, these roads will stay closed until Tuesday. They asked the public to avoid the area if possible and “plan alternate routes for the morning to avoid traffic back-ups.”
Affected buildings were the Richins Building, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and the strip mall where the restaurant Davanza’s is located.
9:00 PM UPDATE: The evacuation order has been lifted. All area businesses have been allowed to reopen. The road between McDonald's and Taco Bell is still closed but otherwise vehicles are once again able to travel through the area. https://t.co/CNrFmyt4sV— Summit County, Utah (@SummitCountyUT) July 2, 2019
Park City fire spokeswoman Tricia Hazelrigg said evacuations would be in place for at least four hours, but details about what caused the gas leak weren’t immediately available.
In a tweet, fire officials noted the gas line break or puncture is underground and caused the road to buckle. Dominion Energy crews were on scene working to repair the line, they said.
Update on gas leak off of Ute Blvd. The gas line was punctured underneath the road causing the road to buckle & making it difficult to access the leak. Dominion has completed clamping 3 feeder lines & will now be working to repair the line. pic.twitter.com/bA8GEe2RvB— Park City Fire (@PCFireDistrict) July 2, 2019
No injuries were reported, officials said.
Contributing: Emerson Oligschlaeger