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City Hall says contractor installing "red light photo cam" accidentally cut phone cable, knocking out service b/w Redondo, Cherry, Anaheim & 7th

Phone cable cut 7th & Redondo #1

(Updated Aug. 2, 2001, 3:30 p.m.; posted as breaking news Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.) -- A City Hall staffer has advised 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 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.

Phone cable cut 7th & Redondo #2The severed cable, visible in the middle of the photo to the right, is the pipe-like structure, bent upward and cut.

Phone cable cut 7th & Redondo #4Verizon 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.

    Phone cable cut 7th & Redondo #4During 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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