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Edison work to affect Thursday morning commute

Posted: April 8, 2009 1:51 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2009 10:52 a.m.
 

Local residents may want to adjust their commuting route, as Southern California Edison workers will be on the job at one of the city's busier intersections through the Thursday morning rush hour.

Starting tonight utility workers are upgrading cables and switches beneath Magic Mountain Parkway where it intersects with Auto Center Drive and McBean Parkway, said Mike Carr, a construction supervisor with Edison.

The work will result in some power outages at nearby businesses and the traffic signals at both intersections, said Gus Pivetti, senior traffic engineer with the city of Santa Clarita.

Sheriff's deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will be on hand to direct traffic during the morning commute, Det. Robert Smoldt said.

"The morning commute was unavoidable," Pivetti said.

The work is set to begin around 8 p.m. and Carr hoped it would wrap up by 8 a.m. Thursday.

Southern California Edison is doing the work at night in order to avoid too many traffic-related issues, Carr said. He said the routine upgrades are the sort of work the utility prefers to do before the summer heat rolls in and there's a larger draw on the power grid.

Smoldt said deputies will keep an eye on the intersections this evening and decide if traffic direction is needed.

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