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Chico: PG&E Project Will Upgrade Electric Capacity, Boost Reliability

By Paul Moreno

PG&E is upgrading the underground electric system in downtown Chico to improve capacity and reliability. The work, currently underway, will take place through July 21.

A new underground transformer, switches and cables are being installed by PG&E to improve electric reliability and capacity in the area of West Third Street and Broadway. In June, a power outage impacted customers after an underground cable failed at the intersection.

PG&E crews prepare to build a new underground vault on Broadway at West Third Street to improve electric capacity and reliability in downtown Chico. (Photo by Paul Moreno.)

PG&E crews are excavating in sidewalks, parking spaces and streets on portions of two blocks of West Third Street between Broadway and Salem. At times, parking spots, sidewalks and traffic along West Third Street will be blocked while construction is underway.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience as we complete this project. We are working to minimize impacts to local businesses, pedestrians and traffic, and will finish work early on Thursdays so as not to impact the Downtown Thursday Night Market and the annual Slice of Chico sidewalk sale July 14 and 15,” said Carl Schoenhofer, senior manager of PG&E’s North Valley Division.

Crews will generally work from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on the night of Sunday, July 30, during a planned outage so crews can safely complete the new underground infrastructure. PG&E is notifying customers affected by the planned outage.

PG&E has worked with local businesses to minimize impacts on their business hours.

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