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Expect delays, congestion at East Market and Plaza streets in Leesburg

Workers were still at the site Monday of a natural gas line break at East Market and Plaza streets in Leesburg. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko

Town officials cannot say definitively when work from Washington Gas will conclude. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko

Update: Jan. 9, 10:42 p.m.

Town of Leesburg officials on Sunday night said "necessary repairs have proved more extensive than originally anticipated," and work to repair the broken gas line at Plaza and East Market streets are ongoing.

Town officials said until repairs are completed, the traffic pattern changes at the intersection include:

-Traffic eastbound on Market Street has no access to northbound Plaza Street.
-Traffic westbound on Market is reduced to one lane and has no access to Plaza Street in either direction.
-Traffic on Plaza Street cannot travel through the intersection in either direction.
-Traffic southbound on Plaza Street is able only to turn westbound onto Market Street.
-Traffic northbound on Plaza Street is able only to turn eastbound onto Market Street.

Traffic continues to be impacted. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes. Repair work from Washington Gas is expected to be completed before the evening rush hour, but further updates will be provided if necessary.

According to a news release, the town is working closely with Loudoun County and Loudoun County Public Schools to determine if modifications to bus routes are necessary. Any changes to school bus routes as a result of the lane closures will be announced by Loudoun County Public Schools and any changes to Loudoun County Transit services will be announced by Loudoun County (http://www.loudoun.gov/localbus).

Update: Jan. 8, 12:46 p.m.

Clean-up crews and heavy machinery remained at the East Market-Plaza Street intersection in Leesburg around noon Sunday. While traffic is moving in both directions, motorists should expect heavy delays and congestion.

A Washington Gas natural gas line broke Saturday morning and closed off the busy intersection for nearly six hours Saturday. Crews were at the scene through the night. There is a major dig ongoing at the intersection, with traffic being directed by cones.

Update: Jan. 7, 2:25 p.m.

East Market Street is now open in both directions, though there remains a police presence in the area. Town officials urge the citizenry to use caution and follow police directions.

Original story: Jan. 7, 12:04 p.m.

A main intersection in Leesburg has been shut down for several hours Saturday morning due to a natural gas leak, according to Loudoun County officials.

The area around East Market and Plaza streets has been cordoned off since around 9 a.m., and it's unknown how long the roadway will be shut down. Motorists are encouraged to find alternative routes.


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