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U.S. 74 closed in Union County

Traffic is being rerouted off U.S. 74 in Union County because of a broken natural gas line west of Monroe.

The broken line is at U.S. 74 and Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road. The N.C. Department of Transportation said the line was broken about 8:15 a.m., and it could be 10 to 10:30 a.m. before repairs are completed. U.S. 74 and Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road both are closed.

Motorists must detour U.S. 74 at Indian Trail Road, then take Old Charlotte Highway (Old Monroe Road) eastbound toward Monroe, getting back on U.S. 74 at Rocky River Road.

Obviously, motorists can expect slowdowns in the area.