UPDATE: Caldecott Tunnel To Remain Open During PG&E Power Shutoff

October 8, 2019 22:18 pm · 10 comments

After initially saying the Caldecott Tunnel between Contra Costa and Alameda counties might be closed during the Public Safety Power Shutoff on Wednesday, Caltrans said late Tuesday that the tunnels should remain open during the power shutoff.

Caltrans earlier Tuesday had said the four bores of the Caldecott Tunnel on state Highway 24 would possibly be closed due to the power shutoff by PG&E.

However, Caltrans shortly after 9:40 p.m. wrote on Twitter that their crews will be working throughout the night with their partners to keep power going in the tunnels and that motorists should expect them to stay open during the power outage.

Power is essential to keep the tunnels open because the tunnels must be ventilated and electricity is required to run the tunnels’ ventilation fans.

At least 181,000 commuters use the Caldecott Tunnel each day, according to Caltrans spokeswoman RocQuel Johnson.

Noj October 9, 2019 at 12:29 AM

Did you know that Gavin Newsom is Nancy Pelosi’s nephew?

Did you know the Brown-Newsom-Pelosi-Getty dynasty has ruled California for 60 years?

Are you awake now?

Terri Hollenbeck October 9, 2019 at 7:11 AM

Not sure if the signs were updated , but they say before the tunnel it may close at 12pm today, FYI

RunnerDope October 9, 2019 at 7:37 AM

Where’s all the wind? Don’t see any, yet.

Crazy Times October 9, 2019 at 7:50 AM

This is an absolute mess PG&E has got us in.

According to the Sacramento Bee PG&E executives receive a combination of base salary and incentive pay. Former CEO Geisha Williams, who resigned just before PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January, made $8.6 million in 2017, the last year for which compensation records are available. She also was eligible for a $2.6 million severance package

What would happen to PG&E if all their customers decided not to pay their bill for three months or so?

Dr. Jellyfinger October 9, 2019 at 7:54 AM

I’d like to thank PG&E and state officials for all the planning, forethought & attention given to this tunnel situation so far ahead of the problem.

No last minute panic attack here…. Nosirreee!
They’ve been all over it for like….hours in advance!

It really instills such confidence in our emergency planning.

Wondering October 9, 2019 at 8:29 AM

Glad that generators were brought in. However, if power is essential for one very, very used tunnel system is needed, why was there never generators installed from the beginning? Like, when they built them?

I read somewhere that PG&E actually provided the gens for this time.

Kirkwood October 9, 2019 at 12:58 PM

I heard that CalTrans has just ordered permanently installed generators for the tunnel. Installation will take a year.

Silva October 9, 2019 at 2:34 PM

Goodness, that was short sighted of them.😶 I would not have suspected they wouldn’t have had that covered. Kinda crazy, really.

Ricardoh October 9, 2019 at 8:42 AM

Why on Gods green earth would they shut down the Caldicot. The last time it shut down was for the gas truck explosion. This is really getting out of hand.

anon October 9, 2019 at 11:52 AM

People had to die & 25,00 lost their homes in Paradise & Santa Rosa for them to see that they need to be pro-active & not reactive..no one loses their jobs or salaries or retirement….. what a joke

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