Highway 82 east of Aspen reopens after nearby gas leak | AspenTimes.com

Highway 82 east of Aspen reopens after nearby gas leak

Staff reports

Highway 82 has reopened east of Aspen on Thursday afternoon after being closed for about an hour because of a nearby gas leak, Pitkin County officials said in alerts.

The road was closed in both directions at Difficult Campground, which is 3 miles east of Aspen, starting at 1:30 p.m. and opened about 2:35 p.m.

A contractor working near the highway hit a 2-inch gas line, according to Pitkin County Sheriff Deputy Parker Lathrop. Black Hills Energy crews were able to cap the leak and are fixing the line.

Lathrop said 20 firefighters and three Aspen Fire Department apparatuses responded to the scene as well as three Sheriff’s Office units and an ambulance.

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