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Truck Takes Down Power Lines in North Arlington

by Katie Pyzyk April 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm 4,741 25 Comments

An accident on N. Taylor Street in Cherrydale has left power lines strewn across a quiet residential block. Police, firefighters and Dominion Power are all on the scene.

An officer at the scene said it appears a tall moving truck had become caught on low hanging wires over the street, but didn’t realize it and kept driving. The wires came down, along with a power pole which held a transformer.

There are currently wires in the street, across sidewalks and in people’s yards. The lines are no longer live, and crews are working to move them. Nobody was hurt in the incident

Seventy-six customers were without power for about an hour and a half. Right now, only 10 are still without power. Dominion Power spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson said those without electricity are the ones closest to the downed transformer, and power should be restored somewhere between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Crews are bringing in a new power pole and transformer to be installed, hopefully also by 6:00 p.m.

Taylor Street remains closed between 15th and 16th Streets. Arlington County police will stay on the scene to direct traffic until the road re-opens.

  • novasteve

    Automatic transmission no doubt.

  • Scoot Scoot

    Free curbside grill once the street reopens. I call dibs!

    • nom de guerre

      One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

  • CW

    Logical responses:

    1) Ban trucks

    2) Require all power lines to be buried

    3) Form a committee to investigate

    • chipotle_addict

      4) Everyone knows N Arlington is perfect, plant more trees on Columbia Pike to “fix” it

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      2 (he says, playing the straight man)

      The funny thing is that the whole neighborhood there between Quincy and Glebe (arguably not Cherrydale) from 66 to Lee Hwy, underwent extensive digging-up in the recent (<6 months) past, as the storm sewers were all (repaired, maintained, or updated, I don't know which), a process which took several weeks.

      Seemed to me at the time that if you were ever going to bury the power lines, that would have been the time. And they really should be buried – far too many old trees in Arlington to have power lines susceptible to their falling down / being blown over. I know the logistics are almost certainly more than I'm aware of, but I couldn't help but think there should have been some synergies to exploit.

      • CW

        Yeah, I wrote #2 with some hesitation, knowing darn well that in a place where homes are usually $1M+, and with all the things we DO spend money on, and with the hassles it saves, burying the power lines would in fact be a REALLY good idea.

      • SouthPikeGuy

        It sounds like a good idea, but I would hate to even guess the charge Dominion would request for doing that work. Astronomical costs.

        • CW

          I want to say it is $1M per mile.

          • Lee-n-Glebe

            Didn’t I see an article on here a while back saying they’re going to bury lines from Kirkwood to Quincy on Lee?

          • Richard Cranium

            Yes – the article is here:


            I’d have to do some measuring to see if you’re right, but I don’t think that distance is much more than, if even, a mile so you might not be far off.

            Anyway, while they had the street already ripped up for the storm sewer project, it seemed that a lot of the investigative legwork and, indeed, cutting had already been done and that maybe the cost per mile could have been reduced to something less than normal.

            Or maybe not, I’m in no way an engineer.

          • drax

            1. Storm or truck knocks down power lines.
            2. “We should bury those things!”
            3. Astronomical cost is revealed.
            4. “Oh, never mind.”
            5. Repeat.

          • Sorry

            So, we could bury 265 miles of utilities for the cost of the Columbia Pike Streetcar? Or we can spend $265 million to add streetcar wires over Columbia Pike after millions were previously spent undergrounding wires to improve the appearance of the street?

  • j

    ArlNow: any word on whay the power went out thismorning in S. Arlington (Fairlington)? Aprox 6:30am. was out for about 20mins

    • Chris

      Yeah, that was wierd. My end of Fairlington only was out for a couple of minutes but when I took my dog out for a walk, I could tell I had gotten lucky.

      • Mike

        Sometime between 6:35 and 6:45 a transformer blew on South Four Mile Run between Walter Reed and George Mason.

        • Chris

          Thanks Mike!

        • Roy Hobbs

          Um, yeah . . .about that. See I was taking a little B.P at Barcroft and, well, you know.

    • spaghetti

      Stoplights were out at S Walter Reed and S Arlington Mill near Shirlington as well.

  • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

    That is a little too close to Donaldson Run for my tastes.

    • nom de guerre

      Donaldson Run is so 2011. Sam’s Corner is the location for 2012.

      • Richard Cranium

        I’ll meet you there when, you know, it’s open (*wink*).

        • nom de guerre

          Make sure you tell Karzai too. He gets upset when he doesn’t know when they are open and feels excluded. I had a falafel sandwich on naan there earlier today-it is Wednesday’s special.

  • John

    I hope no BMW 3 Series were injured in this horrible accident.

  • drax

    Free electricity in the street! Grab some before they sweep it up.


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