PG&E is closing a section of Highway 92 east of Half Moon Bay sporadically until at least Dec. 22 while it works on improving underground utilities.
One-way traffic control began on Monday and will remain in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at three locations 1.5 miles east of Half Moon Bay near Lemos Farms, PG&E spokeswoman Mayra Tostado said in an email to the Review. PG&E is upgrading its high-pressure regulators to reduce pressure from transmission lines to distribution lines, Tostado said.
The work and subsequent traffic snarls are creating problems for some on the coast. Lisa Cresson, the owner of Fog Town Toys, said she sat in westbound Highway 92 traffic for an hour coming from Belmont on Monday. She said she is concerned about how the traffic will deter customers coming from over the hill and hurt local businesses, particularly those who rely on a boost from seasonal holiday shopping.
“It would be great if PG&E reconsidered the impact of their maintenance on the surrounding businesses and the city itself,” Cresson said. “This is a time that’s lively for Half Moon Bay, and to have people turning around in traffic is really sad, especially at a time we’re trying to recover from the economic devastation of the pandemic.”
Half Moon Bay City Engineer Maziar Bozorginia said on Tuesday that the city didn’t receive notice of the work from PG&E until it had already begun on Monday. He noted that the city has reached out to PG&E to request that the work, which is happening outside city limits, be shifted to nighttime hours to alleviate daytime traffic.
“We’re still waiting to hear if that’s something that will happen, but we understand the impacts to everyone and ask folks to be patient and calm,” he said. “We're going to work with PG&E and see if they can change those hours.”
Because the work requires crews to simultaneously use the Caltrans’ right-of-way and access customers’ yards close to their houses, and the need to safely activate new equipment periodically, PG&E cannot shift the project to nighttime hours, Tostado said.