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Nevada City, Calif.— Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is starting work to convert overhead power lines to underground near the Broad Street area of Nevada City. This work is a community-improvement project that will enhance reliability and safety.
PG&E will build an all-new underground electric system just beyond the retail area of Nevada City, a popular tourist destination with many events held at the community center throughout the year. The work will take place in a residential area slightly north of Broad Street on East and West Broad Street and west of Broad Street along Bennett Street. PG&E and its contractors will trench in the roadway and across sidewalks to install conduit for power, phone and cable lines. This project is expected to begin on February 1 and will continue through July 2022.
The work is being done at the request of the County of Nevada through PG&E’s Rule 20A program, which provides a process for cities and counties to work with PG&E to designate districts to convert utilities from overhead to underground in downtowns and other areas frequently used by the public.
Motorists and cyclists should be aware of crews working on and near the impacted streets. Work will take place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. PG&E will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before work begins and crews will route traffic around work areas if needed. Please plan for minor delays when driving through this area.
A number of overhead power lines and utility poles will be removed after PG&E places the new underground electric system in service.
Phone and cable companies will also put their wires into the new underground conduits and will remove the utility poles after the project is completed.