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Brookfield Zoo open as usual after broken gas line shuts down parking lot

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Brookfield Zoo will be open for business as usual Saturday after a broken gas pipe caused road closures and shut down the zoo’s main parking lot Friday.

A 3-inch gas pipe broke at 31st Street and Golfview Road in Brookfield on Friday morning, according to a statement from zoo spokeswoman Sondra Katzen.

The break caused 31st Street to be closed between First and Prairie avenues, leaving the zoo’s main north parking lot inaccessible throughout the day, according to Katzen.

Guests entering the zoo were being directed to the south parking lot, which reached capacity shortly after noon, Katzen said in an email.

The zoo provided accommodations for guests exiting the zoo whose vehicles were parked in the north lot, according to the statement.

As of 6:45 p.m., the gas pipe leak had stopped, Katzen said.

The gas company is estimating repairs to the pipe will be complete by midnight, and 31st Street will remain closed between First and Prairie avenues until that time, according to Katzen.

The zoo will be open for business at 9:30 a.m. -- its regular business hours -- Saturday morning, according to the zoo’s website.

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