A construction crew working in downtown San Jose Tuesday ruptured a gas main, forcing officials to shut down local streets and issue a shelter-in-place order for nearby businesses, authorities said.
At 11:14 a.m., the fire department was dispatched to the intersection of The Alameda and Morrison Street about a leak in a 3- or 4-inch underground gas main, fire Capt. Cleo Doss said.
The San Jose Police Department has blocked all traffic on The Alameda from Race Street west to Sunol Street and PG&E has sent personnel to assess the leak, Doss said.
In order to reach the leak in the pipe, which is underneath The Alameda, PG&E is “going to have to dig up the street,” Doss said.
People in the area, including a large condominium complex and some businesses, were advised not to leave and residents not at home will not be allowed back until the leak is fixed, Doss said.
PG&E informed the fire department that the repair job would take about three hours, Doss said.