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Pacific Gas and Electric to Begin Transmission Tower Repairs in the Marin Headlands

San Francisco, CA - On June 7, 2019, in collaboration with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) will close a series of trails and fire roads in and around Oakwood Valley Trail, Alta Fire Road, Rodeo Valley Fire Road, and Bobcat Trail. These areas, within the Marin Headlands unit, will be closed to all visitor access for the next 30-45 days. This will ensure visitor safety during the replacement of power lines which provide power to the City of Sausalito and all park lands in the Marin Headlands.

This project is part of PG&E’s high-priority transmission line replacement project for 10 towers within the GGNRA in Marin County. One additional tower requires lower-priority repair work. As part of PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Inspection Program (WSIP), it was determined that corrective repairs were necessary for the towers on the Ignacio-Alto-Sausalito 60kv transmission line.

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Trail closures in and around Oakwood Valley trail, Alta Fire Road, Rodeo Valley Fire Road, and Bobcat Trail in the Marin Headlands. PG&E map

PG&E will install a temporary replacement line while permanent towers are installed along the Alta Fire Road. The temporary line is expected to be in place for 12 months while the permanent replacement is implemented.

PG&E is inspecting its electrical infrastructure in areas at elevated and extreme wildfire risk based on the California Public Utility Commission's High Fire-Threat District Map. For more information about the project, contact PG&E at 415-257-3401, visit pge.com/wildfiresafet or email wildfiresafety@pge.com.

GGNRA is working closely with PG&E to ensure public safety and environmental protection in the affected areas. The towers identified to be removed, and the relocation of the new towers, run through areas of the park, and have been surveyed to minimize impacts to natural and cultural resources. The project is expected to be completed in 2020. Additional trail closures will be announced on the park's Alerts and Current Conditions webpage.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, situated in and around San Francisco, is the most visited park in the National Park Service, hosting more than 15 million visitors in 2018. A diverse park with abundant recreational opportunities, as well as natural, cultural, and scenic resources, it encompasses more than 80,000 acres across three counties. The park also administers two other NPS areas, Fort Point National Historic Site, a Civil War era fortress built on the northernmost point of land in San Francisco, and Muir Woods National Monument, which comprises an impressive stand of old growth coastal redwoods in Marin County.

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