Earlier downed power line near Lafayette track work repaired

09.02.19

Earlier downed power line near Lafayette track work repaired

4 pm Update

PG&E successfully completed the overhead wiring work during two shutdowns of Highway 24 between Pleasant Hill Road and Oak Hill Road. Each shutdown lasted about 30 minutes. At 3:37pm power was restored to the 114 customers impacted by the earlier outage.


11 am Update

Starting at around noon, CHP will need to shut down both directions of Highway 24 between Pleasant Hill Road and Oak Hill Road for up to 20 minutes in three separate phases, each one lasting up to 20 minutes, to allow PG&E crews to safely repair a downed power line.  The work and lane shut downs will happen in three phases to provide traffic relief as best possible.

Westbound Highway 24 drivers will exit at Pleasant Hill Road, turn left onto Deer Hill Road, and will get back on westbound Highway 24 at Laurel Drive.

Eastbound Highway 24 drivers will exit at Oak Hill Road, turn left on Mt. Diablo Blvd. and get back on eastbound Highway 24 at Pleasant Hill Road. 

This morning at 5:22 a.m. the large crane being used to accomplish track rebuilding work near the Lafayette BART station hit a PG&E power line causing it to fall and block all westbound lanes of Highway 24. The power line was moved and all lanes were re-opened at 6:25 a.m.

There were no injuries related to this incident.  This incident will not impact BART's ability to re-open the track and provide regular BART service as planned on Tuesday morning.


At around 5:22 a.m. on Monday, September 2, 2019 the large crane being used to carry out track rebuilding work near the Lafayette station hit a PG&E power line causing it to fall and block all westbound lanes of Highway 24.  PG&E, Caltrans, CHP, and the Fire Department were notified.  Drivers were temporarily diverted off the freeway until the lanes were re-opened at 6:25 a.m.  

There were no injuries related to this incident.  PG&E's website is reporting 114 customers impacted by the downed power line in Lafayette. PG&E crews arrived on scene at 6:55 a.m. to secure and repair the power line. 

BART was already planning to run a Sunday schedule on Labor Day with service beginning at 8 a.m. When service begins, the planned bus bridge will be in place. 

This incident will not impact our ability to re-open the track and provide regular BART service as planned on Tuesday morning.