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Update: Highway 20 open

After being closed for the majority of Thursday, Highway 20 between Nevada City and Interstate 80 is open again.

The crucial commute route opened at 3 a.m. Friday morning, said Gilbert Mohtes-Chan, spokesman for Caltrans.

The entire stretch of Highway 20 has been closed from Dow Road to Interstate 80 since 7:10 a.m. Thursday morning due to a traffic accident and a downed power pole, Mohtes-Chan said.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and AT&T crews responded to the incident and conducted repairs, which proved to be more extensive and complicated than initially expected, accounting for the length of closure, Mohtes-Chan said.

The utility companies had to await the transportation of a new pole, as the tower struck in the crash was no longer usable, Mohtes-Chan said. They then worked at reattaching the wires.

No chain controls are in effect for Highway 20 Friday morning, Mohtes-Chan said, and the majority of state routes throughout the mountains are essentially clear.

Caltrans will provide updates on Twitter @D3PIO and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict 3.


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The Union Updated Jan 4, 2013 10:44AM Published Dec 28, 2012 10:23PM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.