PG&E continues to underground power lines in Greenville area; trying to minimize delays

PG&E crews are continuing to place power lines underground along Highway 89 between Canyon Dam and Greenville. After a brief stoppage due to weather, the work will continue this week, with another break from the work starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Work will resume Monday, Nov. 28.

 “Crews are doing the best they can to synchronize the two traffic stops at work locations to try and not exceed 15 minutes of delay in total,” said PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno.

 PG&E is working on 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.” 

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.