A gas line rupture closed several streets in the area of Plessis Road and Transcona Boulevard Wednesday morning.

Winnipeg police asked people to avoid the area on social media this morning.

Traffic was shut down until about 2 p.m., and the construction site for the new library on Transcona Boulevard was evacuated along with an area across from the New Tall Grass Prairie Preserve.

Manitoba Hydro said an excavator working in the area came into contact with a four-inch gas main causing the leak. 

The rupture left the smell of natural gas lingering in the area, but a hydro spokesperson said the wind kept the smell away from most houses to the east.

Crews now have to excavate the area surrounding the damaged pipe before installing a bypass.

Traffic in the area is back to normal and crews found no gas inside surrounding buildings, said Hydro spokesperson Scott Powell.

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