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Crossroads Gas Leak Fixed
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Drivers will continue to hit delays and detours in the vicinity of the Riverbank Crossroads Shopping Center for the foreseeable future.

Stanislaus County officials closed both lanes of Claribel Road between Roselle Avenue and the shopping center on Wednesday, Oct. 13 so Pacific Gas & Electric crews could fix a natural gas leak in an eight-inch pipe near the Claribel Road and Roselle Avenue intersection.

Through Friday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., southbound Oakdale Road is due to be closed to through traffic south of Claribel Road. Detours are in place. This is a Stanislaus County public works closure for construction, said Riverbank Public Works Director Dave Melilli, noting crews are also working on finishing median landscaping on Oakdale Road north of the intersection.

While they stopped the natural gas leak on Oct. 13, PG&E spokespeople said crews would return this week to reposition the pipe because it is too close to another utility line.

PG&E has been inspecting all its gas lines recently following a natural gas leak and subsequent explosion in San Bruno on Sept. 9 that destroyed more than 30 homes and killed eight people.

Utility crews have been fixing lines on Jackson Avenue south of Patterson Road and after Nov. 1 will be leading them across the intersection to the Galaxy Theater parking lot. The California Department of Transportation that regulates Highway 108 has stipulated that most of the work and traffic detours occur at night.