Pacific Gas and Electric Company started work today, July 10, to underground power lines along Highway 89 between Indian Falls and Moccasin. PG&E’s contractor, Underground Construction Co., will underground 2.2 miles of power lines along the highway, with work expected to be completed at the end of August.
One-way traffic controls will occur as crews trench and install conduit for underground lines. Motorists are advised to allow for more time when traveling this route and can expect delays of up to 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and delays of up to 45 minutes between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends.
PG&E had already completed 2.8 miles of undergrounding along Highway 89 from Canyon Dam south and is undergrounding power lines along Highway 70 east of the Plumas-Butte county line.
PG&E also plans to underground other areas in western Plumas County later this year, including more along Highway 70 and Highway 89. When completed, about 60 miles of power lines will be undergrounded in Plumas County.
The work is part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program and is in response to California’s growing wildfire risk.
For questions and more information about road impacts, the public may call PG&E’s Customer Rebuild Line at 800-254-5810.