AUBURN — Installing natural gas lines on Court Street will snarl traffic overnight Thursday.

Crews from Neuco Construction are set to work all day putting down the new line for Unitil. The work is scheduled to cross Court Street’s intersection with Park Avenue on Thursday night, said Karen Veilleux, executive assistant to the city manager.

Court Street will be reduced to one lane for the duration of that work, from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday. The city will have police and flaggers on site to direct traffic.

The work is being done at night to avoid interfering with bus and school traffic, according to a city of Auburn press release.

“This is part of the ongoing natural gas line project there, not part of the water line repairs from the broken water main,” Veilleux said.

Crews digging the natural gas line broke a 16-inch water main carrying water from Lake Auburn to the city’s Goff Hill Reservoir on Park Avenue at about 3 p.m. Monday. The break sent geysers of water into the air and shut down Court Street for several hours Monday night.

Court Street was closed between Western and Park avenues as a result of the break that sent water gushing nearly two stories high for almost an hour. Crews raced to isolate the location of the break and shut down water to the area.

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