Frisco halts AT&T fiber installation work after second gas line cut

By Valerie Wigglesworth

The city of Frisco issued a stop-work order to all contractors affiliated with AT&T fiber installation after two gas line breaks in different areas on Thursday.

Eight homes were evacuated as a precaution after a natural gas line break just after 10 a.m. Thursday in the 5000 block of Normandy Drive in Frisco. The Lewisville school district was also notified as a precaution because Hicks Elementary School is nearby. The gas line was capped just before 2:30 p.m., and residents were allowed back into their homes. Some nearby residents were also without phone service.

Just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday firefighters were dispatched to monitor gas levels after a second gas line was cut near the intersection of Kent and Williford. The break is in an alley in Preston Manor Park, which is north of Preston Trace Boulevard. The gas leak was shut off just before 3 p.m.

Both gas line breaks Thursday were caused by subcontractors working on the AT&T fiber installation project, according to Frisco officials.

Thursday’s line breaks are the most recent of the natural gas line breaks in Frisco. The city also reported gas line breaks on Tuesday near Legacy Drive and Main Street, on Dec. 3 in the 4000 block of Legacy Drive and on Dec. 2 at 5555 Warren Parkway near Legacy Drive.

Last month, Frisco officials addressed what appeared to be a high number of gas line breaks by construction crews.

Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 4, 20 natural gas lines had been cut, according to a news release. According to the city, 17 of those were related to the AT&T fiber installation project. During that same period, Frisco issued 6,966 permits for construction activities in its rights-of-way. The number of line breaks in that time represented 0.2 percent of all permits issued.

According to that November release, the city put together a group that included Atmos Energy and AT&T come up with plan to decrease the number of gas line breaks in Frisco. “Since implementing this plan, the average number of line breaks related to the AT&T fiber installation project has decreased by approximately 66 percent  per month,” the news release stated.

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