Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will start work in Plumas County next week to underground 7.75 miles of power lines along Highway 89 between Canyon Dam and north Greenville and along Main Street in Greenville. The work is part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program and is in response to California’s growing wildfire risk.
“Our plans to underground 10,000 miles of distribution powerlines in and near high wildfire risk areas represent the bold, innovative action that is required to meet our state’s climate challenges and is the largest effort in the U.S. to underground powerlines as a wildfire risk reduction measure,” said Joe Wilson, vice president of PG&E’s North Valley and Sierra Region. “Building and expanding our electric system underground will not only help reduce wildfires caused by equipment, it will also help to reduce the need for wildfire safety-related outages. Undergrounding will also help protect trees, improve system reliability and beautify our hometowns.”
Work will start Wednesday along Highway 89 with the project progresses from west of Canyon Dam to Power Line Road north of Greenville. 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 these routes and can expect delays of up to 15 minutes during work hours of 6:30 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m. Monday to Friday. On nights and weekends, delays of up to 45 minutes may be expected. The project is scheduled for completion in late December, depending on weather.
Starting Monday, PG&E will also begin undergrounding power lines along Main Street in Greenville between Highway 89 and North Valley Road, with work scheduled for completion in early 2023.
PG&E began undergrounding power lines in northeast Greenville in June and will also start work on several other projects in western Plumas County later this year and in 2023 along Highways 70 and 89 (weather permitting). When completed, about 45 miles of power lines will be undergrounded.