Riverbank gas line work closes both lanes of Claribel Road

Crews closed Claribel Road this morning to repair an underground natural gas leak near the Crossroads shopping center.

A PG&E spokeswoman said Tuesday that the company hoped to close only one lane on the busy road. But Stanislaus County officials asked that both lanes be barricaded, spokeswoman Nicole Liebelt said today.

The leak in an 8-inch, high-pressure transmission pipe is far smaller than the 30-inch line that ruptured Sept. 9 in San Bruno, killing eight people and wiping out more than 30 homes.