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Article updated: 10/18/2013 6:39 PM

Power returning to parts of northwest Naperville

By Christopher Placek

Some 1,000 customers are still without power on Naperville's northwest side after an electric cable was severed Friday during construction work on Route 59, officials said.

Electric crews were working to restore power Friday afternoon after a contractor working on the Route 59 expansion project bored through a city electric cable, causing the outage, city officials said.

At one point, about 3,000 customers were without power, but by 6:30 p.m., city officials reported that power had been restored to two-thirds of them.

They estimated that power would be restored to the remaining 1,000 customers by 7:15 p.m.

Power is out in an area roughly bounded by Interstate 88 on the north; the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway tracks to the west; the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks to the south; and Route 59 to the east. Some properties along the east side of Route 59 are also without power, officials said.

Traffic lights at North Aurora Road and Weston Ridge Drive, North Aurora Road and Fairway Drive, and the entrance to Nalco on Diehl Road also did not have power. police were directing traffic at those locations.

Lights along Route 59 are not impacted by the outage.

City officials didn't have an exact time for when all the power would be restored, but said crews would first restore power in the northern part of the outage area, and then move south.

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