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Wednesday, Jul 31 2013 07:01 PM

Public asked to stay away from demolition

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    The days are numbered for the old PG&E power plant at Coffee Road and Rosedale Highway. as the utility plans to bring down the structure with explosives on Aug. 3, a Saturday.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    The days are numbered for the old power plant at Coffee Road and Rosedale Highway as PG&E plans to bring down the structure with explosives Aug. 3.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Bakersfield police have announced road closures in connection with the planned demolition early Saturday morning of the PG&E power plant at Coffee Road and Rosedale Highway.

Roadways that will be closed for about 30 minutes between 5 and 6 a.m., include the southbound and northbound lanes of Coffee Road between Rosedale Highway and Brimhall Road, and Jet Way at Coffee Road. The public is asked to take alternate roadways to avoid delays. Police said they will be enforcing all laws against stopping on a roadway or shoulder.

Denny Boyles, PG&E spokesman, said there isn't a designated zone for the public to view the demolition and recommended the public avoid the area if possible.

The demolition will bring down the last standing structure at the old Kern Power Plant. Four 140-foot-tall smokestacks and four steel fuel tanks were torn down at the 120-acre site in June, and the plant's former turbine building was knocked down in December.

The power plant closed for good in 1995 after operating from 1948 to 1985.

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