For the second time in just over two months, a construction crew working near the Rotary International building in downtown Evanston broke a high pressure gas line late this morning.

The leaking natural gas forced the evacuation of the Rotary Building at 1560 Sherman Ave. shortly after 11 a.m. and closed two bars across Grove Street — The Keg and Bar Louie.

But, unlike during the previous incident, on Aug. 5, the leak didn’t require blocking off traffic on Sherman Avenue.

Traffic on Grove was blocked from Chicago Avenue to Elmwood Avenue as crews worked to repair the damage.

The repairs were made and the street was reopened to traffic about 2 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Leave a comment

The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *