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ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 31, 2013 — Infrastructure improvements and other pre-work by Southern California Edison (SCE) crews in the South Bay are being completed in preparation for the transportation of six Chevron refinery drums down public streets in the beach communities beginning Feb. 20.

Chevron is funding the project. No fees will be incurred by SCE customers.

In anticipation of this large project, SCE crews have been raising and replacing power poles, and rerouting high-voltage circuits to clear the 4.5 mile route to minimize public impact and service interruption.

In addition, street lights will be moved on the night of each transport by SCE crews during the transportation of each drum set to assure safety to the public and electrical grid reliability.

The drums each measure 100 feet long and 28 feet wide. 

The six large drums are scheduled to be moved in pairs on Feb. 20 and during the week of Feb. 25 and the week of March 4, weather permitting.

SCE pre-work and infrastructure improvements include the following:

  • Replacing 10 permanent power poles and three temporary power poles.
  • Raising or removing 20 wires that impact the route. Sixteen overhead wires will be raised, removed or elevated to 40 feet or higher above Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).
  • Six street lights will be removed and SCE will turn the mast arms and lights at 90 degrees for 50 lights so they will be parallel to the curb, allowing the drums to pass.
  • Temporary lines have been installed at Ardmore Boulevard and 21st Street in Hermosa Beach to reroute a power circuit and will be removed after the drums are transported.

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Southern California Edison’s Infrastructure Improvements Pave Way for Move of Large Refinery Drums