Reopening of 56th Street pushed back another day

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INDIANAPOLIS – A stretch of 56th Street is expected to reopen Wednesday as crews finish cleaning up a major fuel spill. Officials had originally hoped the road would be ready by the Tuesday morning commute.

A busted pipeline spilled about 21,000 gallons of diesel fuel at West 56th Street near Guion Road. The pipeline belongs to Marathon Petroleum Corp., and crews have been working to clean up the spill, which was first discovered on Thursday morning.

As crews work to contain the problem, parts of 56th Street have been closed so the pipeline can be patched. Health officials are monitoring the soil for contamination, though they said there was no immediate risk to air quality or the city’s water.

A 20-foot section of the pipe has been removed and sent out for analysis to find out what happened.