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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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.