Traffic Restored On Moraga Way After Power Line Work

Updated. Traffic was blocked on Moraga Way between Ivy Drive and El Camino Moraga, Orinda, after falling tree branches got tangled with a power pole.

Updated, 5:10 p.m. Monday. Traffic is flowing again on Moraga Way Monday afternoon.

PG&E crews on Monday morning were working on power lines and blocking traffic on Moraga Way between Ivy Drive North and El Camino Moraga.

Falling tree branches got tangled with a utility pole along Moraga Way in the area of Altamount Drive Sunday, according to an alert from the city of Orinda. Mid-morning on Monday, the city reported: "Southbound is open, but expect delays." Northbound was blocked with Ivy Drive being used as a detour.

Some residents in the area were without power starting Sunday night. Traffic was diverted onto Ivy Drive to get around the break in Moraga Way. There was sporadic slow traffic on Ivy Drive, particularly for the morning student dropoff at Orinda Intermediate School.

PG&E on its outage map listed 37 customers without power Monday morning because of a broken pole. The outage started at 10 p.m. Sunday. PG&E estimated the time of power restoration at 11:45 a.m. Monday.

Patch reader Jim Boucher sent along a photo. Thanks, Jim.

Chris F. December 17, 2012 at 04:57 PM
What I don't understand is why doesn't Orinda have a digital signboard trailer so they can post a road closure miles before the incident so that people can avoid the back up, Why don't they have a eloctronic email to go out to people that alerts us? When we had a tree down on our hill, Public works didn't put up a road closure/detour sign at the road before they waited to turn around traffic at the incident... Brilliant! I would think for the amount of money OPD gets that they would have someone intelligent on staff!
Kathleen December 17, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Electronic signs would be a great help since we have alternatives to at least some of our major routes. The city does have an email alert system; you can sign up on the city website. However, I didn't receive any alert on this tree down. Maybe someone from the city can respond and let us know what the criteria are for sending out messages?
Kathleen December 17, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Well! I was receiving an alert from the city's email just as I was posting my comment.
Andrew L. December 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I thought it was funny they had a detour sign in the SB direction _below_ the blockage, but none in the NB direction.
Dennis Martel December 17, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Traveling N on Moraga Way, at 8:20 AM, I was forced to detour left past Del Rey School. Past the school, there were no further detour signs. Motorists did not know at numerous intersections to go left, right, or straight. Motorist went all directins some made u-turns. The area is a maze of hilly streets if one is not familiar. It was an awful but totally avoidable cluster. I have no issues with the road closure for the obvivious work needed but determining and posting a detour route is so elementary, I can't believe that Orinda PD in conjunction with public works and the utilities can't put together a more fluent traffic diversion plan. Put together hundreds of type plans in my day. Perhaps the township of Orinda needs some training in situation management.
Crowley December 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I signed up on Nixle for traffic, crime, etc., alerts for our area. The local police use it to notify citizens of events such as this. I got an email from them this morning about this road closure. Go to http://www.nixle.com. You can sign up for alerts based on geographic area , as well as the type of alerts, if I'm remembering correctly.
Andrew L. December 17, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Nixle is great, but in this case, the notice went out at least one hour later than the actual closure.
Meredith Yox December 17, 2012 at 10:35 PM
the incident happened right before 10pm. I don't understand why there were no notices or any posts until well into the morning when they had that much time to work with.
Valerie Sloven December 18, 2012 at 06:31 AM
I get email alerts from the city of Orinda. I left home at 6:40 am heading towards Moraga and the road was closed. My email alert showed up at 9:50 am.


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