SALEM — A contractor installing a new sewer line under Route 28 in Salem accidentally struck a gas line Monday morning.
Authorities closed a section of the roadway between Veterans Memorial Parkway and the Salem Depot area, and evacuated more than half a dozen businesses nearby.
Salem Municipal Services Director Roy Sorenson said the contractor hit the gas line at approximately 7:45 a.m. with an excavator. He said the unmarked gas line is a 1-inch service feed to a property on the west side of Route 28, across from the former Coca-Cola plant.
“Nobody injured and Unitil is there preparing to fix the line,” said Sorenson, who expected the work to be completed around noon.
Capt. Joel Dolan with Salem police said the nearby Dunkin’, the New Hampshire Employment Security office, Husson Motors, Daisy Cleaners, Juicilicious, and Drive Custom Fit were evacuated along with other businesses that occupy the old Coke plant.
Dolan said the roadway was opened to through traffic by 10 a.m., but construction was still ongoing.