PG&E to convert overhead electric lines to underground along Bridge St.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is starting work on September 11 to convert overhead power lines to underground along Colusa’s Bridge Street ahead of improvements to Highway 20.

A contractor for PG&E will work through December 2019 to build an all-new underground electric system along more than a mile of Bridge Street and Highway 20 between Market Street and Wescott Road. Trenching will occur along both sides of the street.

The work is being done at the request of Colusa County and the City of Colusa 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 areas such as downtowns and other areas frequently used by the public.

Motorists are asked to be aware of crews working and to be prepared for one-way traffic controls and brief delays during work hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Overhead power lines will be removed from 51 utility poles after PG&E places the new underground electric system in service. More than 30 PG&E electric customers will then receive power from underground lines instead of overhead lines. PG&E will also relocate some underground gas mains and install new gas service lines to 47 residences and businesses.

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.

PG&E has notified residents and businesses in the area about the work.