PG&E using helicopters to upgrade East Palo Alto transmission towers

Work to run 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 15

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will fly helicopters to improve high-voltage electric transmission towers in East Palo Alto starting Monday Nov. 14. The work is taking place above the Bay Trail and the East Palo Alto marshlands.

PG&E crews using helicopters will transport materials and electric technicians to and from towers. The work is not expected to affect traffic nor cause road closures, according to a PG&E announcement, but the company urged drivers and passersby to stay safe and not become distracted.

Using helicopters helps reduce the number of heavy trucks and equipment and lessens environmental impacts, the company said. The work is not expected to affect electric service.

The helicopter work will take place from Nov. 14 to Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from Monday, Dec. 5 to Thursday, Dec. 15, during the same hours, PG&E said.


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Posted by Kerry Yarkun
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Kerry Yarkun is a registered user.

That's fine, but please don't fly the helicopters East of 101, we are tired of all the PAO air traffic over our home in Midtown.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Meadow Park
on Nov 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm

East is East and West is West!I think Kerry means West.

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Posted by John
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on Nov 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm

@Kerry and @Mike
Last time I looked at the map "east" Palo Alto was geographically "North" of Palo Alto. And Yes, noise pollution from the PAO is ridiculous, especially on Saturday mornings.

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