Er­gon’s dig­ging to im­pact on traf­fic

The Weekend Post - - News - DANAELLA WIVELL

FOOT­PATHS will be­come earth­works across the Cairns CBD as Er­gon En­ergy crews ex­ca­vate to work on un­der­ground ca­bles.

An Er­gon En­ergy spokes­woman said the crews would be mov­ing the ca­bles across the city cen­tre through the start of Novem­ber.

“For pub­lic safety rea­sons, dur­ing ex­ca­va­tion and other works there will be tem­po­rary foot­path and road clo­sures, in­clud­ing the north­ern lane of Shields St, from Ab­bott St to the Es­planade,” she said.

“Er­gon En­ergy will work to min­imise the dis­rup­tion to lo­cal busi­nesses, shop­pers, com­muters and pedes­tri­ans.”

It’s just one of the sev­eral dis­rup­tions Er­gon has caused in the Cairns CBD this week, fol­low­ing two power out­ages, the first of which lasted for sev­eral hours.

More than 300 busi­nesses were af­fected be­tween the Es­planade and Sheri­dan St on Tues­day with about 12 blocks left with­out elec­tric­ity to power lights and air­con­di­tion­ers. More than 1600 Er­gon En­ergy cus­tomers in the Cairns CBD and Par­ra­matta Park were with­out power on Mon­day, leav­ing traf­fic lights off along Mul­grave Rd and in the city.

An Er­gon spokes­woman said that out­age was caused by net­work dam­age, which re­quired emer­gency re­pairs on both days.

She said the fault was be­tween two CBD sub­sta­tions.

How­ever she said the works be­ing con­ducted through the CBD this month were not con­nected to the two power out­ages ear­lier in the week.

“We apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience and we ap­pre­ci­ate the com­mu­nity’s pa­tience as our crews work to get a big job done ef­fi­ciently and safely,” Er­gon area man­ager Mitch Wyper said.

She said there were no planned out­ages dur­ing the ca­ble work.

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