ALERT: Caldecott Tunnel May Close Due To PG&E Power Shutoff

October 8, 2019 21:15 pm · 25 comments

The Caldecott tunnel may close because of the PG&E power shutoff, Caltrans officials said.

State transportation officials are working with PG&E to provide emergency power to the Caldecott in the event of a shutoff, according to Caltrans.

Caltrans says the tunnel may be closed for as many as five days.

Changeable message signs near the tunnel have been activated, and the latest detour information will be provided.

Original G October 8, 2019 at 9:32 PM

NO power means no ventilation fans to pull out vehicle exhaust.
An no tunnels for days might be enough to turn voters against the party running this state. People remember what effects their wallets.

Original G October 8, 2019 at 10:04 PM

After doing some searching, did find mention of backup generators but size or capability wasn’t mentioned. Below is URL for Caltrans website. Click on quickmap, options tab, then on road conditions tab and check boxes.

Goatflap October 9, 2019 at 11:00 PM

Uh….you do realize that PG&E isn’t owned by the government….right?

Cginca October 8, 2019 at 9:37 PM

Original G…. one can only hope people will remember and vote. They’ve already forgotten 9/11.

MattfromConcord October 8, 2019 at 9:44 PM

WHAT??? WHY???????
I’ve driven through the tunnels MANY times when the lights were out.
The reader board before the tunnel would say “lights out in tunnel”.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 8, 2019 at 9:45 PM

Why don’t all of us just take a week off?

Bob October 8, 2019 at 11:21 PM

Have you tried turning your metro area off then on again?

Dr. Jellyfinger October 10, 2019 at 8:05 AM

I don’t have a metro area…. nearest one is probably Bethel Island.
I think they have like one power box with a big lever that says:
“ON – OFF”

Patriot October 8, 2019 at 9:46 PM

3rd world service for our 3rd world state

And did you see gas prices? Here in socialism country we’re paying double.


Goatflap October 9, 2019 at 11:02 PM

If you hate it so much, why stay? Also, do you understand the difference between “socialism” and “democratic socialism”? I am going to guess that’s a big no.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 8, 2019 at 9:52 PM

KRON 4 News says they are setting up generators now so that tunnel fans will be operational.

Original G October 8, 2019 at 10:13 PM

Newest bore has 19 ventilation fans each driven by a 200hp. motor. They are gonna need some big generators. Temporary cabling and hookups are going to be a friggin’ nightmare. Would love to see equipment staging and the setup.

Natalie October 8, 2019 at 9:53 PM

Breaking news is that the tunnel won’t be shut down. There will be generators to run the lights and ventilation fans. Tunnel will be open tomorrow and the rest of the week.

Nice Job October 8, 2019 at 10:09 PM

We can thank our state leaders for coming up with this easy fix. Go democrats!

Dr. Jellyfinger October 8, 2019 at 11:15 PM

Don’t go off half cocked there Johnny Bobbitt!

Let’s wait & see…. but what could possibly go wrong?

No Clue October 8, 2019 at 9:54 PM

So if Original G thinks that the democrats are to blame for a possible tunnel closure then one must conclude that the republicans would not put our safety as priority. Then we can suspect that it was the republicans fault for the camp fire where 85 people died, plus 1300 homes and another 5000 structures were lost. Another dumb partisan comment.

Jethro Tull October 8, 2019 at 9:57 PM

Yep sounds right

Original G October 8, 2019 at 10:27 PM

Forestry management by lawsuit . . . .
An what would have happened if common sense forestry management had happened, rather than management by mirror worshiping politicians, unelected bureaucrats and others ? ?

Management by body bag . . . .

‘… Managing tribal forest helped stop Wallow Fire at reservation’

‘Biggest wildfire in Arizona history couldn’t burn Fort Apache Reservation’

Angry Andy October 8, 2019 at 9:56 PM

close the tunnel….

say hello to more gridlock.

I will be glad to tell my boss I’m not driving into work if the Caldecott closes, too much stress makes me a danger to my co-workers and the public.

Im not taking bart, Im not driving 680 or 80. Im staying home, and letting PG&E win. I have my generator, plenty of fuel, my AR-15 and plenty of ammo.

And if its still a spare the air day Im also going to mow my lawn, and make a fire in my chimney for spite. F-the bay area clean air asshats….

anotheranon October 8, 2019 at 10:17 PM

And just like a petulant child, why not also hold your breath until Mommy lets you go out to play.

ZZ October 8, 2019 at 10:03 PM

And Newscum supports the shutting down of Contra Costa County. It’s ok, it won’t affect him or his people. Just us little people that don’t matter.

JazzHorn October 8, 2019 at 10:21 PM

I don’t get it. There are no doors, and only #4 has vent fans. So…🤷🏼‍♂️

Silva October 8, 2019 at 11:51 PM

They all have ventilation systems. Only #4s isn’t hidden inside the walls. If the lights weren’t on someone would crash in there and sue Caltrans.

TPC October 8, 2019 at 10:43 PM

Cutting off passage through a major artery is more dangerous than the “possibility” of a fire. To not be able to get through the Caldecott could be potentially more dangerous than any “potential risk” of a fire.
Control. Heavy trailing today…btw.

Goatflap October 9, 2019 at 11:04 PM

You think it would cause 80+ deaths like the last fire did? I think you’re being a tad ridiculous with that statement.

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