Gas line break blocks Stanford's Campus Drive for most of Tuesday

Campus Drive between Galvez Street and Bonair Siding was closed much of Tuesday because of a gas line break.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) was called to the scene about 10 a.m. A backhoe working on a Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation paving project between the Arrillaga Family Sports Center and the Taube Family Tennis Stadium had broken a six-inch gas pipe.

Out of an abundance of caution, Stanford deputy sheriffs and Palo Alto fire officials evacuated both buildings and shut down electricity in the area while representatives from Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) worked to stop the leak and replace the broken pipe.

Fire officials and staff from the university's Environmental Health & Safety office monitored the gas levels in those buildings, as well as others in the area, to ensure safety.

DPS issued several AlertSU messages about the gas leak, warning the campus community to stay clear of the area.

Traffic on Campus Drive was reopened to traffic about 9 p.m.