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After BART repairs knocked over a power line earlier Monday morning, CHP had to close Highway 24 for an emergency fix.
This afternoon, both directions of Highway 24 between Pleasant Hill Road and Oak Hill Road were temporarily closed while PG&E crews repaired the downed line. BART spokesperson Chris Filippi said the shutdowns would happen in three separate phases, each lasting about 20 minutes, as crews work. They ended up only needing two phases; both sides of the highway reopened a little after 3 p.m.
The traffic mess started at 5:22 a.m., when a crane being used for BART’s big track replacement work near Lafayette station hit a PG&E line. The fallen line blocked all westbound lanes until it was moved at 6:25 a.m. About 100 PG&E customers in Lafayette were left without power.
Work impacting the highway could persist on-and-off until late afternoon, so BART recommends planning alternate driving routes in the area, if possible.
BART is expected to operate normally in time for the Tuesday morning commute.
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