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Construction crane hit Boise power line, causing Wednesday morning outage, officials say

Idaho Power’s outage map shows an incident affecting 488 customers, including multiple Boise traffic lights, around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13.
Idaho Power’s outage map shows an incident affecting 488 customers, including multiple Boise traffic lights, around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Idaho Power

A power outage that affected several traffic lights on main Boise thoroughfares on Wednesday morning has been fixed, according to Idaho Power’s outage map.

According to the utility company’s website, the outage started shortly after 8 a.m. near 17th Street and Shoreline Drive. The outage affected traffic lights along Main Street onto the Interstate 184 outbound connector, and on Fairview Avenue. Drivers were faced with stopping at each light and treating it as a four-way stop. That slowed traffic.

According to Idaho Power spokeswoman Julie Stutts, the outage was caused by a crane making contact with a transmission line near a substation. Crews have since moved the crane, and no one was injured in the incident.

Idaho Power’s outage map showed the issue largely resolved by 9:15 a.m. The map said the outage affected 488 customers.

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