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Gas Main Break Causes Laurel Ave Closure; Some Residents Evacuated

A large police and fire response turned out this morning at Laurel Avenue, at Satinwood Dr.

A gas main break at Laurel Avenue and Satinwood Dr. on Monday morning necessitated broad road closures in the area and a large response from area police and fire departments. 

The break of an unmarked 2 1/2 main was hit by the JF Kiely construction crew working on the ongoing New Jersey Natural Gas pipe replacement/installation project, was reported at 9:58 a.m, said Lt. Michael Smith of the Holmdel Police Dept. Police responded within three minutes, he said. 

Some residents living in Laurel Greene, a Middletown development, were asked to evacuate their homes. The incident occurred near the Beau Ridge Development, on the Holmdel side of Laurel Avenue, but those residents were not evacuated.

There odor associated with natural gas was in the breeze at the nearby AT&T complex, off Laurel Avenue, in Middletown.  

Nearby roads were closed, including access to the area from Takolusa and Holland Road. There was a "soft closure" at Route 35, to permit local residents to access their homes. 

Responding were police from Holmdel and Middletown departments; Holmdel Fire & Resuce Company #2, Middletown Fire Company, North Centerville Fire Company and two Holmdel First Aid rigs. 

Dominick September 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
These construction workers are clearly incompetent and milking this job for all it is worth. It is talking longer to run this gas main up Laurel Avenue than it is to build 1 WTC. WTF.
NJarhead September 17, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I kind of agree with Dominick. I watched them take a couple weeks to pass our building on route 34.
boatleaks September 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Every time you drive by the majority of the workers seem to be in some kind of discussion, with maybe 1 guy actually working. I agree with Dominick as well.
getthefactsrightstupid September 18, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I think the both of you are completely wrong and jumping to conclusions as usual. Remember Petco in Eatontown???? It was a failure to mark out utilities there before digging and probably here as well. These guys aren't dragging their butts to prolong this job. I travel this route and if you pay attention instead of just running your mouths you would see that they put in a minimum of 4-600 feet of this stuff a day. That's not bad at all in my mind. And as far as them being incompetent?? Who's the one commenting at 1234 in the afternoon your either unemployed or milking time at your own job getting paid to whine about nothing
Michael Murray September 18, 2012 at 01:58 AM
This company is very dangerous. They also blew up a house a fews years back in Matawan where someone was killed. You need to go down the other way of Laurel Ave to see how sloppy this company is. You can only drive 5MPH because the holes they dug up were NEVER leveled. all the way to route 36. When you drive that way you have to pray your tires don't blow out. It's been like this since at least July.
PATTIE September 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM
I thought of that house in Matawan as soon as I read this article. I lived near there it was Horrible.. Laurel Ave is a mess i drive it everyday.
NJarhead September 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I was AT WORK and they were installing on our road and I can assure you that our property is no where near 4-600 feet wide and it didn't take days for them to get past us, it took WEEKS! So, it would appear that your logic is flawed there brain-child. I guess we're not the only ones who like to flap our gums ya hypocrite.
NJarhead September 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Are you two talking about the explosion back in about 1990-1992?
Mattytas September 18, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Forget the shoddy workmanship, traffic wise this route is gonna be a damn nightmare untill 2014. Why on earth do they have to work 7-5 Start at 6 , stop at 4 clean up and have it open by 5. End of Story, You are welcome for the great idea.
rochefort September 18, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I cannot imagine there is much left to do but they are going to have to repave it at some point. Hopefully during the Holidays, full closure at 7AM and 5PM cause that would be awesome.
DW September 19, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Does anyone know where I can find info on timeframes/closure information on the work being done? The roads I've been taking have been since before summer if I remember correctly. Curious to see what the plans are so I know if I need to change my route before I hit a road closure sign. Thanks!

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