Downed power lines cause freeway ramp closure in Oakland

OAKLAND (BCN) — The Fifth Avenue offramp from northbound Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland was shut down Monday afternoon to allow PG&E to complete repairs on downed power lines, according to a PG&E spokeswoman.

The lines were damaged around 7:45 a.m. Monday morning when a construction vehicle operated by a third-party contractor working in the area of 10th Avenue and Embarcadero struck some overhead PG&E equipment, causing five power lines to come down, according to utility spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian.

The downed lines caused an outage that affected 230 customers at its peak, Sarkissian said. PG&E crews have been working on repairs all day but needed to shut down the offramp Monday afternoon to finish energizing the lines.

The CHP announced the closure on Twitter just before 3:30 p.m. and said the ramp was expected to reopen by around 5:30 p.m.

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