Niagara Gazette

July 23, 2013

Campbell Boulevard to be closed through Friday

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Sixteen National Grid poles, which were carrying high-voltage wires, were knocked down during Friday's storm — shutting down Campbell Boulevard for the past several days.

According to spokesman Steve Brady, National Grid expects Campbell Boulevard at Saunders Settlement Road to reopen at the close of business on Friday.

The power lines crossed Campbell Boulevard and the power company is concerned with work-zone safety. 

Workers from National Grid and a contracted company continued working on the project Tuesday. The poles carried 115,000-volt lines that transmit power from Niagara Falls to Lockport.

"They move a lot of electricity," Brady said. "We were able to isolated the problem area." 

There was minimum customer impact because of back-ups in the system. The lines lay across Campbell, but  no injuries were reported. The lines were de-energized  to make sure no electricity was on the road causing and electrical hazard.

The poles are well attached to each other, so it is speculated that when one went down, the others followed. The first indication of a problem was Friday night when 66 mph winds came through the area.