City Hall says contractor installing "red light photo cam" accidentally cut phone cable, knocking out service b/w Redondo, Cherry, Anaheim & 7th
(Updated Aug. 2, 2001, 3:30 p.m.; posted as breaking news Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.) -- A City Hall staffer has advised LBReport.com that a contractor involved in installing a "red light photo camera" at 7th and Redondo Ave. accidentally cut a telephone cable, knocking out telephone service to an area bounded roughly by Redondo Ave., Cherry Ave., Anaheim St. and 7th St.
The exact manner in which this happened is not entirely clear as of this posting.
Verizon spokesman Lou Banas told LBReport.com at 3:00 p.m. August 2 that roughly 90% of affected customers may have their service restored by 8 p.m. August 2 and possibly 100% by midnight.
Verizon workers have installed a temporary hook up that routes calls through a large mobile communications van parked on Redondo Ave. They will spend several more days replacing the damaged cable, allowing the mobile communications van to leave.
The severed cable, visible in the middle of the photo to the right, is the pipe-like structure, bent upward and cut.
Verizon engineers huddled inside a large mobile communications truck, rerouting phone circuits to form temporary connections.
While fiber optic lines are being repaired, some street lanes will be closed until Monday August 6:
7th St - one eastbound lane between Coronado and Newport Ave.
Redondo Ave - one northbound lane between 6th St. and 7th St.
During the phone outage, LBPD units patrolled the area in large numbers. We spotted several units visible along Anaheim and 7th Sts.
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