Downed power poles mean road closures through weekend

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by Gina Maravilla

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Posted on August 19, 2011 at 6:21 AM

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. -- Thursday night’s storm wrecked havoc on communities in the Southeast Valley.  Now Queen Creek and the surrounding areas are picking up the pieces, which means road closures that could be in effect through the weekend.

Power company crews are working to repair several downed lines.  As a result of the storm, Pinal County officials say some 20 to 30 poles were knocked over. And now, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Hunt Highway is closed at several locations:

*Closed at Quartzsite (Copper Basin)

*Closed at Johnson Ranch Boulevard

*Closed at Thistle Trail

According to Salt River Project (SRP), these three locations could be shut down for us to three days as crews work to replace the downed power poles in these areas.  Power company workers say they need to bring in big cranes to remove the damaged poles and bring in new ones.   

In addition to the above problem areas, Pinal County workers tells us there some two dozen down along Desert Willow Boulevard, between Thistle Trail and Johnson Ranch Boulevard.  Also, they say poles are down along Johnson Ranch Boulevard, from Judd Road to past Magma Road.

There are no major, or good alternates around most of these closures.  Local traffic will have to try and navigate through the surrounding neighborhoods to get around these problem areas.

There are also downed power poles in the Northwest Valley.  Crews work to repair downed lines at 112th Avenue and Rose Garden Lane.  Only local traffic is allowed to travel through the area.  Workers hope to finish repairs by Friday afternoon.

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