COLUMBIA, Mo. -

A gas leak on Stadium Boulevard in Columbia has closed the intersection with West Ash Street until further notice.

As of Thursday 4 p.m., traffic on Stadium Boulevard can proceed normally northbound/southbound and traffic can turn east on Ash Street, however drivers cannot turn west onto Ash Street.

Traffic is reportedly heavy in the area. Drivers should be prepared for delays or avoid the area.

Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver said Ameren has crews on the scene fixing the leak.

An Ameren spokesperson said a contractor for the city of Columbia hit a four-inch gas line around 10:30 a.m. while doing work for the Stadium Boulevard expansion project.

The gas line knocked out natural gas service to three business. Gas was restored around 2 p.m.

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