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Update: All highways now open after gas line break in Benson

UPDATE: 9:24 p.m.

BENSON -- After being shut down for about six hours, all highways in Benson are now open.

An underground gas line ruptured in Benson Tuesday afternoon and at 3 p.m. the Minnesota Department of Transportation temporarily closed U.S. Highway West and state Highway 29 South to traffic while crews made repairs.

At 5 p.m. Highway 12 reopened to traffic and at 8:50 p.m. MnDOT announced that Highway 29 at been reopened.

Update 5 p.m.

BENSON -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation has reopened US Highway 12 West within the city of Benson after an underground gas line ruptured just south of the southern junction of US 12 and state Highway 29.

However, Highway 29 South within Benson will remain closed until it is safe for traffic.

Shortly before 3 p.m. today MnDOT reported that the two highways were temporarily closed because of a ruptured underground gas line in the city of Benson.

The gas company is still on the scene, according to a 5 p.m. update from MnDOT.

Original story

BENSON --A ruptured underground gas line in the city of Benson has temporarily closed portions of two highways.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, sections of U.S. Highway 12 West and state Highway 29 South are currently closed.

The gas company, fire department and emergency services are on site.

The roads will remain closed until they are safe for traffic, according to MnDOT.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org 

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