UPDATE: The Florida Highway Patrol announced just after 2 p.m. Friday that all the roadways in the affected area have reopened. Traffic was impacted for about four hours due to the gas line break.
Add one more impediment to motorists Friday in South Florida.
A natural gas line was damaged by construction crews in the area of the South Dade Busway near Southwest 104th Street, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho said in a release.
The area is near a busy shopping center on U.S. 1 that houses a new Whole Foods Market and a Target that serves the Pinecrest community.
The busway is closed along with the southbound outside lane of South Dixie Highway and this lane of U.S. 1 will be shut down until repairs are made — which could take eight hours and is subject to change.
The closure will also have a direct effect on State Road 826 (Palmetto Expressway) that ends on U.S. 1, so motorists can expect delays as the day progresses, Camacho said.
FHP advises motorists to avoid the area until further notice. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida City Gas Company crews are on the scene.
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