El Camino Real in Palo Alto between Charleston Road and Ventura Avenue, which was briefly closed Thursday afternoon, Jan. 10, due to a natural-gas incident, has been re-opened.
A construction worker hit a 6-inch main at around 3:10 p.m., causing the gas leak, according to Palo Alto fire Capt. Ken Green.
Palo Alto Utilities crews have shut off the gas line as they work to repair it. El Camino was closed to traffic for about 20 minutes and reopened shortly before 3:30 p.m.
Utilities crews have been working on a capital-improvement project along El Camino Real, causing one southbound lane to be closed daily around Los Robles Avenue.
The incident occurred as some parents were heading to Keys School to pick up their children.