Caltrans District 2 discusses plan for PG&E blackout

Caltrans District 2 is discussing their plan for the PG&E blackout in Tehama, Plumas, and Butte counties.

Posted: Oct 23, 2019 2:40 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2019 2:54 PM

Action News Now - Caltrans District 2 is discussing their plan for the PG&E blackout in Tehama, Plumas, and Butte counties.

"Due to the current red flag warning and PG&E’s planned power outages due to wildfire concerns, Caltrans District 2 is preparing for effects on transportation infrastructure, such as traffic signals and messaging systems. This current shutoff is planned for 17 counties, including Tehama, Plumas, and Butte Counties in District 2," Caltrans announced in a press release.

Drivers are asked to proceed with caution through all intersections and observe right-of-way rules.

"Throughout District 2, traffic signals contain battery backups, which typically last three to four hours before becoming non-operational. Additional measures may be implemented at signals during power outages including generators or stop signs at more critical intersections. Motorists should be prepared for all-way stops at non-lighted signals during power outages," said Caltrans.

Travelers should also remain alert for fallen limbs, trees, and other debris due to high winds.

Motorists are advised to check road conditions via QuickMap and One-Stop-Shop prior to travel. As power outages may affect checking road conditions through the internet and cellphone, travelers can also utilize the Caltrans Highway Information Network at 800-427-7623.

Changeable message signs, flashing beacons for advisory signs for the Highway Advisory Radio System, and traffic cameras also contain battery backups, which will become non-operational after periods of a power outage.

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