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Power outage darkens Sunol Boulevard corridor Monday afternoon

Original post made on Jan 24, 2012

A car hit a power pole on Sunol Boulevard between Riddell Street and Arlington Drive Monday afternoon, causing a power outage for much of southwest Pleasanton.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 23, 2012, 5:05 PM

Comments (9)

Posted by Yah, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 24, 2012 at 8:40 am

I'm pretty sure it was out all the way to RUBY ! but it was short lived and we all were back up and running quickly. I hope everyone involved in the crash was okay.


Posted by Mac, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

The Parkview Assisted Living Community was affected, as well. I hope all in the car were okay. Wondering if the police do drug or alcohol tests in this case. That's a pretty big hop of a curb and sidewalk, then to slam that power box right off the slab. Possibly a medical issue? Good to see no other cars involved.


Posted by Mike Tassano, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2012 at 9:13 am

The City has battery backup systems at approximately 20 intersections around town. These systems are located at the larger intersections in the City.

The City is in the process of installing battery backups at all intersections. This project started in summer of 2011 and will upgrade several intersections each month until all locations have battery backups installed.

With the incorporation of LED technology at the signals, battery backup system are now able to maintain full operation of the traffic signal during power outages instead of the typical flashing red.

Bernal Avenue at Sunol Boulevard/ First Street does have a battery backup system. This system was automatically activated yesterday when the location lost power and is the reason why the location continued to operate through the power outage.

Mike Tassano
City of Pleasanton
Deputy Director of Community Development, Transportation


Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on Jan 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Very cool, Mike. Technology is a wonderful thing.....glad to see you're taking advantage of LED's.


Posted by Carlo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

With PG&E electricty rates being 5-7 times what they are in many states, one wonders why we still have so many overhead power lines rather than underground lines. The number of electrical outages we have in NorCal is on par with 3rd-world countries and they are usually do to poor maintenance and lack of capital improvements. Oh, I forgot, PG&E has not been doing upgrades and maintenance for the last 3-4 decades. Why do Californians put up with being reamed?


Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for sharing Mike.

Very cool that newer technology in lighting can help to eliminate a major traffic headache.


Posted by Frank, a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Jan 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Was not quite so short lived for at least one neighborhood. Power was not restored for over 12 hours. Makes us realize how dependent we are on a reliable source of electricity. Hope the driver of the car is OK.


Posted by Archibald, a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Jan 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Not saying speed was a factor but people NEED to slow down in the rain. on the bright side-one less mini van on the street today.


Posted by xoxoxo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:42 am

May all those injured have a speedy recovery.


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