Gas Leak Diverts Traffic Away From Whole Foods Construction Site

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Boise Police officers directed traffic through the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Myrtle Street.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Boise Police officers direct traffic through the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Myrtle Street earlier today.

Boise Fire and Police officials were dispatched to Broadway Avenue between Front and Myrtle streets late this morning to deal with a gas leak. The gas main was broken at the construction site where a new Whole Foods Market and Walgreens are slated to open this November.

"All we know is it's a gas leak," said Boise Police Lt. Brett Quilter. "We're just running traffic. We were given 1 to 2 hours as a time frame."

A team of engineers from Engineered Structures Inc. manage the construction site.

Around noon, traffic was backed up on Myrtle Street all the way to Capitol Boulevard, with traffic stacking up on Front Street as well. Meanwhile Second Street, which connects the two arterial roadways, had become clogged with motorists attempting to use Broad Street.

BPD officers directed traffic away from the intersection of Front and Broadway, while allowing Myrtle Street traffic through to double back on Park Boulevard.

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