Update 4:10 p.m.
Work continues to fix a natural gas leak downtown, according to Jacksonville Fire Department.
"Piedmont Natural Gas crews are on scene and an engine company is on standby," said Jacksonville Fire Department Battalion Chief Tee Tallman.
The area remains secure and pedestrians and motorists should continue to use another route while work is under way to fix the problem.
A natural gas leak has closed a portion of College Street in downtown Jacksonville.
College Street from Court Street to Bayshore Boulevard are closed “in an abundance of caution,” according to information posted on the Jacksonville Public Safety Facebook page.
Jacksonville Fire & Emergency Services and the natural gas company are on the scene working to resolve the situation. According to the 1:30 p.m. update, they hoped to resolve the problem within a couple of hours.
Pedestrians and motorists are advised to use other routes and avoid driving in the area.
Anyone who smells natural gas in the area or has questions about natural gas, can call Piedmont Natural Gas at 1-800-752-7504.