Transportation

Natural Gas Leak Shuts Down US 17 and Businesses

 

Orange Park firefighters responded to a natural gas leak today that shut down several business and US 17 for about 30 minutes while crews repaired the line.

According to a press release from the Orange Park Fire Department, a misplaced landscape spike was all it took to shut down US 17 and several businesses this afternoon during the lunchtime rush hour.

Teco Gas crews were called to the scene in the 1800 Block of US 17 due to the smell of gas. The crew discovered a 3-inch line had been penetrated by a landscape spike causing the leak.

Crews from the Orange Park Fire Department and Clay County Hazmat Team secured the leak and the Teco Gas crew repaired the line.

All businesses and US17 were reopened once the leak was stopped. No injuries occurred to the public or firefighters.

First Coast Gears: Next-Gen Hyundai Genesis and NAS Jacksonville Green Van

First Coast Gears: Next-Gen Hyundai Genesis and NAS Jacksonville Green Van

First look at 2013 Genesis Coupe

Hyundai has posted two shots of what’s to come at the Detroit Auto Show in January.  The 2013 Genesis Coupe will be getting a styling update.  We pulled the two pictures off of the company’s Korean blog (additional photo is below column).  The fog lights look to do a great job integrating a splash of style with LEDs while the tail lamps also got an overhaul.  The 2013 Genesis Coupe is expected to be a mid-cycle refresh so the basic look and powertrains will likely be similar to the current model.

Cop cars take to the track

Ford is having some fun with the idea of a “high speed chase,”  announcing that it’s new Police Interceptors will bring the field of cars to the green flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway for all three Ford Championship Weekend races Nov. 18-20 (see the photos below the column).

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, October 31

 

Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.36/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.46/g, according to gasoline price website JacksonvilleGasPrices.com.

Fuel Price Brief

 

For the first time since August 9, crude oil settled below $80 a barrel as fuel demand lags and economic concerns persist. Oil production in Libya has resumed an output quota of almost 600 million barrels a day. Libyan quotas are expected to reach one million barrels a day in the next six months. All of which drove down oil and gas prices throughout the past month. Crude oil settled Friday at $79.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange—$8.11 less than the week prior. 

Red Light Cameras May Be Coming To Jacksonville Soon

Red Light Cameras May Be Coming To Jacksonville Soon

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you have driven westbound on Atlantic Boulevard, you probably understand the complete frustration Isaac Ohayon has trying to turn left on 9A.  "There's a problem over here.  The light stays red for a very long time," Ohayon said.

Drivers say the problem along Atlantic Boulevard is the westbound turn lane onto 9A.  When the Atlantic turn arrow turns green, other cars are still coming off 9A, running that red light, causing a major backup on Atlantic.

School bus driver Sylvia Wyche said, "When the light does change, we don't have enough time to get across."