Clipped power line briefly shuts down Highway 101

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SEQUIM –– U.S. Highway 101 traffic was stopped in both directions for about a half-hour Wednesday morning after a delivery truck clipped a sagging power line while dropping off a shipment at a business on the highway.

Eastbound traffic was delayed another 10 minutes as crews cleared the Clallam County Public Utility District power line from the road.

No injuries or damages were reported, said Trooper Russ Winger, State Patrol spokesman.

Michael Howe, the PUD’s executive communications coordinator, said the line was not transmitting electricity when it was struck and did not disrupt service.

Contractors are posting new power lines and poles south of the current system to accommodate the state Department of Transportation’s widening of 101 between Kitchen-Dick and Shore roads.

Crews currently are clearing ground off the highway’s south shoulder of the road in preparation for another travel lane.

Last modified: March 06. 2013 5:32PM
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