Detour in effect for utility work

A traffic detour remains in place on Conewango Ave. in the City of Warren in the wake of Sunday’s night’s EF-2 tornado.

The City of Warren Police announced the detour on Monday afternoon and Police Chief Brandon Deppen said it would remain in place while utility pole and transformer work at Conewango Ave. and Wilson St. was completed.

Those looking to travel north are to use McPherson St. to Wood St. then on to Edgewood St. to its intersection with Quaker Hill Rd. before using Quaker Hill Rd. to reach Conewango Ave.

To travel south, motorists are encouraged to use use that detour in reverse – Quaker Hill Rd. to Edgewood Pl. and Wood St. to McPherson St. to Conewango Ave.

Deppen said Monday evening that the detour would be lifted once that utility work is completed. He said that wires were so low that it “wasn’t safe to send vehicles through there.”

“Four of (the poles) they had to replace,” he added. “As soon as they can get that up and running, (we) can open it back up.”

Deppen noted, though, that West Street “is going to be closed for a little while between Averill and Wilson. (There are) a lot of lines down in that area. It’s going to take some time to re-attach everything.”

Penelec’s outage map report at 8:30 p.m. on Monday that between 45 and 260 customers were still without power in that area.

“We expect to restore power to the majority of affected customers by today at 10 p.m.,” a statement from Penelec on the map indicated.