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Gas line cut may restrict 96th, Meridian for morning commute

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A gas line cut and a water main break, both on Wednesday, were causing commuters to reroute. 

On the northeast side, the intersection of 96th Street and Michigan Road was closed. Carmel Fire Department said a large gas line was cut. 

By 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, one southbound lane had reopened but all else remained closed, said Tim Griffin, the public information officer for Carmel Fire Department, He said the line is 11 feet under ground, and crews from Vectren Indiana were digging trenches to make repairs. Earliest time to reopen: sometime from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday. He encouraged morning commuters to check for an update before they head out. 

Officials with Citizens Energy Group said the break of an 8-inch-diameter water main caused traffic delays on the north side. Both northbound lanes of Meridian Street near 75th Street were being restricted. Traffic was being rerouted to a turn lane in the area. Repairs to 72-year-old water main were expected to take several hours. 

Citizens had provided no updates on the status of Meridian Street by 9:30 p.m.

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