Two downed utility poles on Quincy Street at the U.S. Highway 69 bypass caused traffic to be rerouted in the area and power to be out for a period of time.

Two downed utility poles on Quincy Street at the U.S. Highway 69 bypass caused traffic to be rerouted in the area and power to be out for a period of time.
The poles fell after a mower caught a guy wire on one of the poles, which caused the pole to fall, said Mike Willis with Westar Energy. As the pole fell onto Quincy Street, it brought down another pole down the line.
The accident caused one power line to be draped across the stoplight at the Quincy-69 intersection.
By 6:30 p.m., power was out for a selected area in southwest Pittsburg. According to Westar spokesperson Nick Bundy, by 7:30 p.m., power was only out for about 40 residences west of Broadway and east of Catalpa streets, north of Hudson and south of Euclid streets. Power was expected to be restored by Tuesday night.
For a few hours, at least, traffic was blocked along the bypass from Fourth Street to Centennial Street as workers raised the poles into proper position.
There were no reported injuries and no reported damage from the incident.
Bill Beasley, Pittsburg director of public works, said that if the bypass were to be closed off as it was, there is no better time of the year than now.
“Typically, this will cause congestion and truck traffic through downtown,” Beasley said. “Now, if there’s going to be a closing, this is a good time because there are no students. Normally that bypass supports commuter traffic to PSU. There’s still going to be a lot of commercial trucks through Pittsburg, though.”

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