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Paradise installing several backup generators for traffic signals to prepare for PSPS

The Town of Paradise has a new tool to keep its traffic signals operating in preparation for a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS).

Posted: Oct 13, 2020 2:51 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2020 3:01 PM

PARADISE, Calif. – The Town of Paradise has a new tool to keep its traffic signals operating in preparation for a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS).

Town officials said 16 backup generators will be deployed to all 16 intersections in town to keep the signals operating through the anticipated PSPS starting Wednesday, Oct. 14.

RELATED: PG&E warns of potential PSPS in Northern California this week

In late 2019, the town said it had applied for a grant through Cal OES to purchase generators in response to the multiple PSPS events experienced in the community. 

The Cal OES Grant funding allowed Paradise to purchase 16 generators equipped with light towers.

The generators will not only keep the town’s 16 signalized intersections operational during power outages, the light towers will illuminate the intersections making other cars and pedestrians visible to drivers. The generators will provide power to traffic signals for the duration of the PSPS event, and can be refueled if necessary for an extended outage, according to the town.

For more information on the PG&E PSPS, click here.

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