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All lanes of Ga. 347 now open after gas leak
Photo shows damage area in center lane with white paint, damage goes through cross walk about 100 feet.

All lanes of Ga. 347 have reopened after a ruptured pipe spewed gas up through the center lane of the highway at Deaton Creek Parkway. Parts of the roadway had been closed from Spout Springs Road to Ga. 211 due to damage from the gas main break.

Asphalt in a 20-foot by 12-foot area in the center lane of Ga. 347 was damaged, requiring a massive repair, said Teri Pope, spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation. Crews must remove the asphalt down to the base layer and possibly down to the dirt before building back up with new material, Pope said. All three levels of pavement were damaged,

Pope said a contractor for the city of Buford hit a Buford gas line; the leak has since been stopped.