Still No Power Lunch
By Lookout Staff
July 27 -- Some Downtown businesses remained in the dark for a fourth day Wednesday after a pair of electrical vaults exploded under Santa Monica Boulevard last Saturday, City officials said.
While temporary power has been restored to most businesses on the Third Street Promenade, full power is not expected to kick in until Sunday evening, officials said.
During the height of the blackout, nearly 50 businesses were left in the dark, most of them along a block and a half stretch of the west side of the Third Street Promenade. Some of the businesses remained closed Wednesday or continued to operate in the dark.
Southern California Edison crews continued working Wednesday to replace the transformers, circuits and wiring that burst into flames during a power surge triggered by record-breaking temperatures over the weekend.
"The repair work requires that some partial and full street closures be continued until at least Sunday evening," according to a statement issued by the City.
"The Santa Monica Police Department will provide traffic control officers to ensure the safety of repair crews, motorists and pedestrians in the construction zone," City officials said.
Traffic will be restricted on the following streets until the work is completed:
City officials advise those planning to attend Thursday night's Twilight Dance Series concert on the Santa Monica Pier to avoid the congestion of the downtown area by going south on 4th Street to Pico Boulevard., then west to the beach parking lots.
For more information, call the following Edison numbers: (800) 655-4555, (800) 611-1911 or (310) 315-3201.
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