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Roadway closed by gas leak in North Myrtle Beach reopens

A portion of U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach was shut down fro more than two hours Monday due to broken gas lines, according to the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety.

U.S 17 south between North Myrtle Point and 11th Avenue North and northbound lanes of Old Highway 17 were shut down, an alert from NMB DPS said about 2:30 p.m.

By, 5 p.m. U.S. 17 had reopened as well as one northbound lane on the 1500 block of Old Highway 17 where the leak occurred. Old Highway 17 was expected to be reduced to one lane into the evening.

Only one northbound lane is open in the area of 1500 North where the gas leak occurred, and that may be true into the evening hours.

Only one northbound lane is open in the area of 1500 North where the gas leak occurred, and that may be true into the evening hours.

City spokesman Pat Dowling said contractors struck a gas line while installing a utility pole at 1500 North U.S. 17.

North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue officials said the BP Station and a couple businesses on Old Highway 17 across from the leak site were evacuated until a gas company repaired the line.

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