Underground cable failure stops traffic on Granby and Tazewell streets, officials say

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Norfolk Fire-Rescue and Dominion Virginia Power investigated a smoking manhole on the 100 block of Tazewell Street on Jan. 11. (Courtesy of Norfolk Fire-Rescue)

Norfolk Fire-Rescue and Dominion Virginia Power investigated a smoking manhole on the 100 block of Tazewell Street on Jan. 11. (Courtesy of Norfolk Fire-Rescue)

Travelers may want to avoid driving near Downtown Norfolk on Wednesday afternoon as Dominion Virginia Power works to repair an underground cable failure in the area.

Traffic has been blocked on Granby Street, between Market Street and Brooke Avenue, and on the 100 block of Tazewell Street after a construction worker reported smoke coming from a manhole cover on Tazewell Street around 9:25 a.m., according to an email from Norfolk Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Julian Williamson.

Dominion plans to cut electricity on the 100 block of Tazewell Street in the early afternoon. Businesses that may be impacted by the electrical cut include:

  • The Loraine, located at 245 Granby St.
  • The Anchor Brew House, located at 237 Granby St.
  • The Big Easy, located at 111 Tazwell St.
  • Fitness Gym, located at 111 Tazewell St.

“Once they get the equipment down there to see where the problem is they will try to isolate the problem, but we can’t tell how long they will be out until we can see the damage up close,” said Dominion spokesperson Bonita Harris.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Underground cable failure stops traffic on Granby and Tazewell streets, officials say