Undergrounding in Town Center to Begins

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Undergrounding in Town Center to Begins
L.A. County Project Map shows affected work area between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Old Topanga Canyon Road, including the intersections of Old Topanga Canyon Road and Questa Cala Road.
Southern California Edison (SCE), has announced that undergrounding work to make improvements to the electrical grid in Topanga’s business center, is scheduled to begin on September 10, and completed in approximately two months. Some of the work will be done during the daytime but mostly at night. Be advised these dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather. Work hours may also vary based on permit conditions. SCE’s approved contractors, Hamton Tedder Electric, and Tidwell Construction, will be replacing several old distribution poles and removing a number of distribution poles and sections of the overhead electrical wires and equipment within the project limits. Overhead poles and wires will be replaced with underground facilities. SCE will also be replacing the two existing streetlights that are located at the intersection of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Old Topanga Canyon Road with new streetlights. In the press release, SCE writes: “Even during this unprecedented COVID-19 situation, we do not take the decision to proceed lightly and appreciate your patience. Due to the nature of the work, crew members are sometimes unable to maintain physical distancing to minimize exposure with other workers while working together as a pod. If you see our crew members, please do not approach them and stay at least six feet away for safety. If crew members need to get in touch with you, they will call you or knock on your door. Please be assured that the safety of our workers, our customers and the public remain our top priority. “Thank you for your patience as we complete these upgrades to undergound facilities.” Project Area Work will take place on Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Old Topanga Canyon Road, including the intersections of Old Topanga Canyon Road and Questa Cala Road. Traffic will be impacted within the boundaries identified on the project map. Message boards will be posted in advance of the work zone. Intermittent lane closures will be in place during work hours. What to Expect Trenching at the intersection of Questa Cala Rd. Accessing undergound vaults. Installing underground wiring. Several outages are required. Reconnecting services to new undergound electrical system. Removal of the poles and wires. To ensure your safety during construction, there will be intermittent traffic lane and sidewalk closures. Crew members will use appropriate traffic control signs and flags. For crews to work safely, SCE will schedule power outages during construction. In these cases, we will notify you by phone, text, email, and mail at least 72 hours prior to the outages. Contact Information Sign up to receive outage alerts using your preferred method of communication via sce.com/outage; Customer Service, (800) 655-4555, will also provide the latest information about outages. Contact Project Manager Robert Ciccarelli (714) 430-7842 for project information For questions: Visit on.sce.com/upgrades For Emergency or Downed Power Lines, dial 911.

Preparing For a Maintenance Outage

Customers with medical conditions that require electric-powered life-support equipment should be sure to have a backup power system in place or make other plans for health and welfare during an outage. Here are more tips for customers preparing for a maintenance outage:
•If you use medical equipment in your home, SCE offers a Medical Baseline program. To learn more about the program and its benefits, including enrollment, please visit sce.com or call SCE at (800) 655-4555.
•Make sure food stays as cold as possible by keeping refrigerator and freezer doors closed and placing blocks of ice inside.
•Learn how to manually open security gates and garage doors.
•Notify any security companies that monitor the customer’s home or business.
•Protect computers, televisions and other sensitive equipment by unplugging them.
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September 3, 2021